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snow conditions

Checked out the snow conditions at Ciste Mhearad yesterday to see if there is a chance to do some snowholing next week. The is an existing snowhole at the west side, near an old avalanche. There you get about 2.5m depth of snow. At the opposite side you get one spot with about 3m depth...
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Glenmore from Coire an t-Sneachda
This weekend saw some really great weather. Well Saturday wasn’t that good really but we made the most of it and got though a lot of skills. On Sunday we went into Coire an t-Sneachda and got onto steeper slopes. We also had a look at using crampons there and used them on the ice...
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Coire na Ciste
The weekend saw some great weather and milder temperatures. There was also very little wind. On Saturday at Coire na Ciste it was very quiet and only skiers were in the area. At lower slopes the snow disappeared from more exposed areas and was very soft underfoot. On Sunday we went higher to have a...
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Coire Cas car park
The weekend saw again some winds from the east with some snowfall and spindrift. The road up to the Cairn Gorm ski area was therefore impassible. On Friday we walked up to the Sugarbowel car park and then down to the stream. There we did some avalanche awareness and ice axe arrests. After that we...
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Winter Mountaineering inversions
The last 5 days has seen some really mixed weather. On Saturday we had milder weather with some spindrifts. Because of this the snow gates to Cairn Gorm Mountain were not open. Therefore we went to Drumochter, which had some really good snow conditions. The snow was a bit soft, but really good for doing...
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winter skills course
This weekend we had some mixed weather. The avalanche report reflected all the fresh snow we received in the last few days. On Saturday we went up to Coire na Ciste for building emergency snow shelters and checking on the avalanche conditions. We also did some ice axe arresting and cutting steps on some neve...
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Coire An-t Sneachda
The start of the 24-28 February winter mountaineering course saw some really good weather and mostly low avalanche risks. However, the beast from the east with Siberian winds was looming. By the last night when we were out snowholing it hit us. In the morning we had zero visibility and temperatures of -10C or colder....
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Winter Skills Course
This weeks course was fantastic with some good winter weather. Monday has stripped some of the thinner snow lower down, when it rained at summit level, but high up it managed to consolidate very well into nevee at most areas above 800m. The snowholing from Tuesday was really good at Ciste Mhearidh. There were some...
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Winter Skills Course
The weather was quite variable with high winds on Saturday and some mild conditions creeping up to summit level on Sunday. Even on higher ground the fresh snow was well bonded. Had an excellent group this weekend and everyone has learned a lot of new skills and it was pretty good fun.
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Even though it was very windy with gusts up to 60mph on summits we managed to find some good, sheltered areas to practice all the skills on our winter skills course.
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