Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Cairngorms, Snow and a Swim !

Heading up through the Ciste Gully

Keen swimming in Sneachtda

Atop Cairngorm

We headed to the East today and the Cairngorms. We headed up the Ciste Gully on snow getting out the axes and running through some winter skills as we went, usefull skills for them as they are very active with many of them heading on or have already done Mont Blanc, Killi, Elbrus and many more. We aimed for Coire nap Spreide and on over Cairngorm and walked out through Sneacdha where one of the team stripped and swam across the lochan which seemed brave especially when stepping out into a groupal shower.
The snow was pretty soft and no need for crampons although the summit area was pretty white and a few strong wintry showers where blowing through. Unfortunately we where in the clag for most of the day and finished off with some heavy rain. The ski area was open with folks skiing when we pulled in for a cappuccino on the way to the top.