Thursday, 27 December 2012


The team gearing up below Point Five

Looking across from our gully to The Goat Track & Fluted Buttress
Skiers heading up The Goat Track

Bucket seat & Axe belay's in tandem
Nearing the top. Cairn Gorm in the distance
Invernookie on The Fiacaill Butress looking busy!
Another cracking festive period day here in The Cairngorms. It was probably the best place in the UK to be today, we escaped the approaching weather front and had a dry, bitterly cold day with about a minus 10 C temperature on the tops. Geral, Gail, Dave and Malcolm were out with me again for part two of their winter course and we were again concentrating on moving on steep ground and some rope skills. We headed into Coire an t-sneachda and avoided the crowds by going up Point Five Gully which lies between The Goat Track and The Fiacaill Buttress. Seldom is there anyone here so a great place to practise some snow belays. We made our way up the gully constructing various belays and enjoyed fabulous hard neve. There was some drifting snow blowing down the route but nothing of concern. Indeed it was quite windy this morning walking in and lots of spindrift blowing around from last nights light snow showers.  Looks a tad windy tomorrow with higher temperatures and unfortunately rain on the hills. Saturday and Sunday back to colder and snowier conditions.

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