Sunday, 1 February 2009

Scotland Winter Conditions - West Coast

Upon returning to Scotland I discovered that the thaw during the second half of last week has stripped a lot of snow, considering how much there was. All is not lost though as cold weather today has frozen the remaining snow nicely creating good gully climbing conditions and ice rapidly forming as low as 500m.
Today I was working for Alan Kimber and West Coast Guides. I took Mark and Aaron up onto Aonach Mor and looked at a variety of skills around the Nid ridge including sliding, kicking steps, crampons, snow belays and climbing ice and mixed routes. Blue skies all day and nice conditions once the strong wind died down in the afternoon.

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