Out and About in the Cairngorms

Over the last few days I have climbed Invernookie and Western Slant. For full details on the conditions we found please read Martins reports and view the photographs on the ClimbNow facebook page.

Today, Mike and I had a great days ski touring. We toured from Coire Laogh Mor past Ciste Mhearad before having a brilliant descent to the Saddle. We then ascended close to the summit of Cairngorm before another excellent descent to the main ski car park. We encountered excellent snow throughout.

Mike looking out over the plateau.

Mike looking out over the plateau.

Winter Mountaineering in the Cairngorms

For the past week I have been winter mountaineering in the Cairngorms. The climbnow facebook page has a large number of images from the last five days which show clearly the conditions at the moment.

During the last five days the team and I visited; Coire Laogh Mor, Coire na Ciste, Coire an t-Sneachda, the plateau area and Stag Rocks.

The buttresses of the Northern Corries remain very white. A large number of cornices persist over the butrresses. However, by Friday the quality of the snow in the corries has improved a lot due to the mid week thaw and refreeze. There is a very large thaw coming tomorrow. Hopefully, this will encourage the cornices to fall down and if we then have a refreeze conditions may be very good.

Approaching Point 1141 with a very snowy Fiacall Buttress in the background.

Approaching Point 1141 with a very snowy Fiacaill Buttress in the background.

Stag Rocks has been busy this week with teams enjoying routes such as Apex Gully and Albino.

Hells Lum is completely buried with a huge cornice covering three quarters of the face. Carn Etchachan and Shelter Stone are very white and need a thaw and refreeze.

The Cairngorms

Skiers enjoying the excellent conditions in Coire Laogh Mor.

Skiers enjoying the excellent conditions in Coire Laogh Mor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I will be in the Cairngorms. Today I visited Coire Laogh Mor and Coire na Ciste.

The snowpack has improved over the past day. Full details of this can be seen on the SAIS website. The cover for ski touring remains excellent above 550 metres.