Sandy Paterson Mountaineering

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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

All things Spiky

For day 2 of our winter skills course the aim was to look at crampon skills and all things spiky! The forecast was for some fairly strong westerly winds and so I was quite please when we were able to walk into Sneachda without being blown around too much. The snow had frozen solid over night and was perfect neve for practicing crampon work. We dropped off the path not long after it forked and headed straight on to the snow patches which we linked up as we headed into the coire using the fiacaill for shelter. After a stop for lunch it was time to head to the flat ice and develop out cramponing technique on a harder surface. Just as we left the flat ice it started to snow heavily and get a bit blowy! We then headed around the corie looking at other cramponing skills before the wind called a halt to proceedings and we headed for shelter behind the lateral moraines. It was then back over the Cas Fiacaill and down to the bus through the ski area.

Another great day in some wild weather. Looks like more strong winds to come for the rest of the week!

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