Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cairngorms : Bath Uni, Windy

The trio being blown back of the plateux down the Ciste Gully 

Buried axe belay practice 

We where out for the last day today to look at what we could given the winds. Last night the top station on Cairngorm registered gusts of 170mph and this morning where still over 100mph. We decided along with many that low down was the better option today although we did have a brief trot around the plateux but the winds and blizzard conditions sent us back down into the gully. The day for the most part was bright and the snow had firmed up over night and gave good conditions but as the day went on the weather turned and by the time we returned to the car it was falling as sleet.
We looked at a few more snow acnchors and perfected belaying and tying into anchors.
The team are up until the weekend although that is myself finished with them I hope they get a couple of calmer days to get some practice and time out on the hill.
Today I was working for Alan Kimber, Westcoast Mountain Guides.