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winter skills course

Last weekend would be the first time this winter when I didn’t have to battle into the wind and we even managed to have lunch breaks. On Saturday we went into Coire Ciste and did some of the slipping, tripping and sliding skills, while on Sunday we walked into Coire an t-Sneachda for all the...
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This year winter has been a wee bit slow to arrive but with storm Ciara and the Dennis, it eventually has. The 2 storms were at 2 consecutive weekends in February, which also meant that running a course was rather challenging. On one day we only managed to walk 10 metres from the cars and...
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Last weekend we had some pretty strong winds in the hills, which made the course a little more tricky to run. However, we managed to fit it all in. On Saturday we went up the ski area at Coire Cas and went through all the walking, cutting steps, kicking step, crampons and avalanche awareness bits...
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This Winter has started pretty slowly and hasn’t done much in regards of snow over the last few weeks. However, in January there is always enough to do to run a winter mountaineering course in the Cairngorms. For the first 2 days we went up Coire Ciste and to Ciste Mhearad to do the basic...
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This weekend was the last winter course we have run and I’m proud to say that we have introduced 53 people to winter mountaineering. It has been a challenging winter from the start. There wasn’t a lot of snow to start with in January and as much as fell in February it was just skin...
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After a 1 month absence of Winter with inversions and two figure temperatures on summits we seem to have winter back. The snow cover has recovered and it all looks and feels very wintry. The Winter skills course this weekend was pretty good with 2 people on it so we could get through the skills...
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So far this winter has been very mild apart from some good snowfall in October and December. The deep gullies still have some snow. However, even Easy Gully (Number 2) in Coire na Ciste is starting to get a bit thin on the snow. We really need some new snow. The course went really well...
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ice axe arrest
The weekend saw the last winter skills course of the 2017/18 winter season. It has been a weekend with some great weather and lots of sunshine. However, the snow is now slushy and it became more difficult to find places to use ice axe and crampons. On the way in to Coire an t-Sneachda we...
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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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