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Topic - UKC Conditions report - Northern Cairngorms 21st Feb

ian stewart - on 21 Feb 2014
Hi All,

Well I have not been climbing in the northern cairngorms this week as I have been away in the North West, although I did manage a quick ski on wednesday before the wind picked up.

So here is the information I have found:

Al Halewood has been out and about with the MIC assessments this week, getting some good climbing on Apex gully on Stag rocks on wednesday.

James has some pictures from Lurchers last week and the reports from earlier this week that the ice was looking good over there, but busy, with around 30 people walking in there last sunday.

Yesterday however the freezing level rose above the summits, and today is far too windy to access the hill (again!) so it is difficult to say how much ice will have been stripped. Colder today and tomorrow, then warm and very windy again sunday....

If you have been out please add your reports to this thread, thanks.

On a separate note, there have been some strange practices observed this week:
A team of 17 people climbing Aladdin's Couloir together on a day with a considerable avalanche hazard!!
A team of 5 people all tied in at intervals along a 60meter rope trying to 'move together' up Fiacaille ridge - the result being an impossible stalemate, where no one could move at all!

Also another rescue call out after climbers failed to navigate back from a climb.

Keep an eye on the forecasts here:

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