Kevin Rutherford MIC

Hill and climbing conditions for the Scottish Highlands.

Winter Courses - Winter Skills, Winter Mountaineering, Winter Climbing & Norway Ice based in Rjukan

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Winter Skills Week

Im working for Glenmore Lodge this week on a winter skills course. Its been a hard week with deep snow and stormy conditions on the hill. We spent Monday on Meall a Bauchaille, Tuesday in and around the Day Lodge car park, yesterday in and around Glemore and today on Cairngorm. We had covered lots of skills over the first three days and it was good today to put things into practice. Cairngorm is now covered in hard packed wind blown snow with only some fresh drifts around making moving around the hill alot easier. The ski hill staff were doing a great job clearing huge old drifts on the road and when we passed they had 100m to do before reaching the day lodge car park. Its only single track though! The Ptarmigan Restaurant is buried, you can actually walk from the snow slope behind straight onto the roof. A thaw is forecast for the next couple of days and the high avalanche risk continues.

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