Saturday, 3 November 2012


The view from the bottom of Point Five Gully

Even the ptarmigan were sheltering from the winds at times today
Fluted Butress busy
Windy Col
The sun coming out on Cairn Gorm

Another sub zero temperature on the tops and fresh snow lying to the carpak at Coire Cas this morning. There was a bit more wind than forecasted today making it feel more like a Cairngorm  winter day out. I had a wander into Coire An t-Sneachda to have a look at an easy grade 1 route, it was quite busy with many folk out climbing and enjoying the fantastic early winter conditions. I headed away from the crowds and had a look at Point Five Gully which lies between The Goat Track and The Fiacaill Buttress. There was nearly 1 metre of unconsolidated snow at the bottom of the gully and after doing a quick hasty pit found at least two layers of wind slab that broke away easily. Maybe another day then. The morning was quite cloudy and it wasn't till after 1pm that the cloud shifted and some lovely blue skies and sun breaking through. I finished the day on Cairn Gorm to enjoy the sunshine and excellent snow conditions. There was a couple of ski tourers heading up to the summit. Looks like another cold night and more sun tomorrow.

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