/ Cairngorm Conditions
Snow is well packed and walkable but I reckon skis would be easier. Snow line about 650m I would say.
Ice ice baby today. Crampons.
What's in nick folks? I'm in a cottage near Blair Atholl for the next week. Anything at all in condition, either north or south Cairngorms? Just a lot of rain where I am...
Look on Winterhighland and SAIS. Lots of snow but warm.
no internet. On a little phone with a patchy 1G signal, so surfing not really optional. If anyone did have a successful outing in the cairngorms antywhere today, I'd love to hear about it.
I'm going out tomorrow and I think it's going to be great conditions.
However once it freezes I suspect the climbing will be great. Unfortunately I had to come home today.
I'm planning on escaping the Xmas madness tomorrow and heading for the hills. Options are either an easy climb in the Coire an t'Sneachda (Goat Track Gully maybe) or Glencoe (Inglis Clark Ridge perhaps?), or else a tramp up a Munro in the Southern Highlands.
Any pointers much appreciated for the likely climbing conditions.
Freezing level is forecast for about 900m tomorrow, I suspect the climbing above this level will be quite good, although I don't know how much snow the buttresses will have hung on to so it may have to be gullys. Will be very icy underfoot once it freezes.
Latest from SAIS - http://saisncairngorms.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/less-windy-at-last-good-snow-cover.html
Conditions were great today, walking conditions were excellent. I've rarely seen conditions in Sneachda as good pre-Christmas, especially on the lower grades. As for SAIS and "considerable", you'd have need dynamite to shift anything! We were in Loch Avon though.
Woohoo! Thanks Andy.
Getting warmer tomorrow (Fri), before FL drops to 2500 on Sat and 1500 ft by Sunday. However, looks like wind will be vicious from Fri-Sun, so I suspect Monday would be your first realistic option for play. Looking good for next week I think.
Had a brilliant day at Sneachda today. Cold, very consolidated snow. I'd say go for it tomorrow. I walked off in the dark and it was only getting colder.
The Loch Avon basin was amazing today and yet only two other climbing parties to be seen! See https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.156930934407462.23287.124310161002873&type=1
> Had a brilliant day at Sneachda today. Cold, very consolidated snow. I'd say go for it tomorrow. I walked off in the dark and it was only getting colder.
Variable snow in the corrie today, actually. I saw two guys get avalanched off Alladin's mirror early on. My own solo up 0.5 was quite slow and ponderous because of the variable snow and a few unnerving creaks underneath me! Most notable aspect today, of course, was the cold. Cairngorm Ski centre noted -7°c at their top station. So on the tops it was either that or lower. It definitely felt lower in the cold.
But what a fantastic day! :)
It was minus 8 without the wind. Bitterly cold walking over the plateau today. So much so, we almost abandoned out trip over to Loch Avon at first light. With wind chill it was close to minus 30 according to Google. Fortunately it warmed up a bit by midday, but all our layer were still worn!!!
The snow was good as long as you weren't on lee aspects sheltering from the slight subzero Cairngorm breeze, drifting snow and applied common sense ;-)
Apparently it would only take 30 minutes for frost bite on exposed skin with today's temps...
30 mins! I, err, walk in in long johns and a certain body part felt the cold today much more than ever before! If anyone saw me with hands where they should not have been that's what I was doing. Trying to avoid a trip to hospital, I'm sure it'd amuse the nurses though...
Spoke to the lads avalanched off Aladdin's today - apparently swept 200m down to the coire floor. Both unharmed, and climbed Spiral Gully instead. In their own words - "Really f*cking lucky..."
the 'getting colder next week' means early next week? mwis is saying mega thaw from the middle of next week?
Did you test the snow pack or just chance it?
Descended the goat track around 4.30pm on firm snow throughout - any windslab must have been confined to the shallow gully-feature nearest to the main crags.
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