Sunday, 1 March 2009

Mountaineering in the snow!

Today I assisted Karl on day two of a winter mountaineering course. We built bucket seats, T-axe belays, snow bollards - and then tested them to destruction! Still strong even though the snow is very soft. We then went up North gully and looked at using rock spikes and threads when we could, snow anchors otherwise. To descend we looked at stompers and also built a snow bollard and abseiled off it. On the way down we saw the mountain rescue in the process of extracting someone who fell down the whole length and more of SC Gully. The new snow that had fallen over night and throughout the day was very soft and damp, lots of cartwheels came hurtling down the slopes approaching the crags throughout the day. Could really do with a good freeze to firm it up.

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