Sunday, 1 March 2020


Return clients back in the Cairngorms 
1st March and we're enjoying some fabulous winter conditions. As I always say every season, March always provides the best month for winter on the Scottish mountains. Today returning clients Valeria & Ed out for another day with me.
Kit sorting
Ed and Valeria must get my record for the quickest return couple on one of my courses. They were last out only 2 weeks ago. They booked another day about 6 days ago. Of course if you remember it was one of those wild named storms a fortnight ago. They never got chance to get to grips with crampons or bag a Munro. That was resolved today.
Busy again in the Northern Corries 
The forecast was for snow showers and cold on the summits. Winds strong. Surprisingly it was almost calm conditions on the Cairngorm plateau. Plenty of unconsolidated snow and CONSIDERABLE avalanche risk on many aspects. Today was all about avalanche awareness and navigation on the tops.
Fingers Ridge
Some poor visibility at times on the higher summits. Up on the plateau there is plenty of wind scoured and icy areas, perfect for cramponing.
Valeria on the compass work

Poor visibility,  accurate navigation 
After lunch we headed up to Cairn Gorm summit. It was minus 3 C on the top and was breezy here but easily managed. Just a normal Cairngorms windy day really.
Cairn Gorm
All quiet on the tops. Windy Ridge we saw no one. Another top day out with a lovely couple. Crampons and Munro ticked.
Wind scoured and icy slopes

Summit selfies

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