Monday, 20 February 2012

Soggy in the Cairngorms

Well it wasn't just the Cairngorms, it was everywhere in Scotland. Temperatures were high and the rain just kept coming. Today I was working for Mountain Motion and took Davyd out for a extra day after he has just completed a winter skills weekend with Glenmore Lodge. After a chat about what he wanted, it was clear he wanted to get onto some steeper ground, possible grade I. Fiacaill Ridge would have been a great option but the winds were just too high. Instead we opted for a journey up and around the goat track, picking out steeper lines and dodging the snow and ice being blown down onto us. The crags were stripping as we moved, they looked quite white at 9am but by 12 everything had come off the buttresses. Quite a depressing scene. Plenty of climbers out and about getting routes in, Spiral had quite a few ascents amongst others too. Well done to Davyd who kept going through the strong winds and rain. Happy with ticking the goat track we navigated up to the top of Coire an Lochain then back round to Point 1141m and descended Coire Cas back to dry and warmth.

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