Saturday, 5 March 2011

York Alpine Club Winter Skills

I was back in the gorms today working with a group from York Alpine Club. The aim of todays session was to cover a range of winter skills. We started on the edge of tyhe Fiacaill Ridge and took advantage of the rock hard conditions to kick and cut steps. Once we had finished this session the snow had softened enough to look at a bit of sliding. After some interesting attempts and many good ones, we walked around to the flat ice and cramponed up. A good session on the flat ice led us nicely to walking up the goat track and into the sun. We then cruised around the coire and over 1141m and down. A great day in awesome weather.

There were plenty of teams out in the easy gullies which mostly still look in good condition. A team climbed Invernookie, but it was looking very thin. All the rock is black and it feels like April up there already.

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