Sandy Paterson Mountaineering

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Friday, 14 January 2011

Damp Cairngorms

Aladdin's and Trident Gullies areas

Red and Goat Track Gullies

I was at Glenmore Lodge today. The days was their winter induction day for instructors working for them over the winter. We spent an hour or so in the morning discussing various courses and resources in the centre before heading up the hill and into Coire an t-Sneachda. We spent some time discussing venues their pros and cons and some issues that have come up in the past plus some emergency procedures. We then had a look in the rescue box that was unfortunately full of water, so we emptied the kit bailed out the water, put the dry kit back in and took the wet kit back down the hill to be dried and sorted.

The coire was busy with people doing skills and some climbing. There were teams on Goat Track Gully, Mirror Direct (which is hanging in their but damp), Patey's Route (was looking thin) and Aladdin's Couloir. Everything was thawing but there has not been that much snow loss although that could all change tomorrow if the heavy rains that are forecast arrive. The buttress routes are black but if we get a re freeze soon the neve in the easier gullies will be excellent. Keep those fingers crossed!

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