Winter Mountaineering Course - Scotland


ROCK CLIMBING - CUMBRIA (Lakes) (1 to 4 days),
SNOWDONIA (3 to 5 days)

NAVIGATION Courses - CUMBRIA (Lakes) (1 or 2 days)

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Winter Skills Day 2 - Cairngorms

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Day 2 - Armed with Ice Axes, Crampons etc. we headed off to the Cairngorms, 90 minutes away.
We arrived at 8.30 but the top car park was already full - an excellent bus service whisked us up the hill rapidly. I discovered none of the group had any breakfast and our exploration of mountain cafe's continued.  We don't want to run out of energy, especially in winter, so Bacon Sarnies and hot drinks were ordered.
We up the snowy slopes into the clouds to spot height 1141, did crampon practice, hopped like frogs (you had to be there) and got giddy with games and got used to wearing crampons. Visibility during the ascent was very poor, but we were on snow just yards from the bus.

We navigated over to the summit of Cairngorm, in the top 10 highest peaks in the UK, where the visibility lifted giving momentary views of distant white summits.
Walking down from the summit we found our highest cafe (this was becoming a tour of mountain cafe's and cakes, but everyone was enjoying themselves). Then with beautiful clear skies we headed down to the cars.
A day of navigating in poor visibility, moving on snow slopes, using crampons and ice axes.

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