Sunday, 29 November 2009

Sunny Spain to Snowy Scotland

We've just returned after a great three weeks of hot dry rock climbing in Spain to a cold, icy and snowy Cairngorm. The weather was perfect for the whole three weeks rock climbing abroad and it now looks like the weather could be reasonable for some early season winter climbing in Scotland!
Cairngorm Mountain was open to skiers over the weekend and lots winter climbers also headed into the corries for some early season scratching... Despite it looking wintry with many buttress routes being climbed, conditions are still pretty thin and marginal at the moment, both for the skiing and for winter climbing. On Sunday the NE aspects seemed to have the best cover but with the strong NE winds closing the ski area and frequent snow showers down to low levels this evening the snow cover will have changed by Monday.
Friday, 6 November 2009

Off for some Hot Rock

Just a quick note to say we will not be updating the Scottish winter climbing reports for three weeks as we are rock climbing in Spain. If anyone wants to book a Winter Skills or Winter Mountaineering course we can be contacted on our UK mobile by text and voice. We will be back to the snow and ice in Scotland on the 28th November....!

We currently have four people on the Christmas advanced Winter mountaineering course and two on the intro Winter Mountaineering course (Christmas 2009 Winter Walking Skills) The New Year courses are almost full though we still have a few places left. We still a plenty of space on the February and March 2010 dates.

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Snow on the tops and wet socks

The Cairngorms have been looking quite wintry over the past few days however the snow has fallen on very wet, warm and saturated ground. We need a long period of cold frosty weather before any substantial snow fall to freeze the ground and bring things into decent winter climbing condition. A few folk have been out scrambling and climbing both in the east and west and reported soft wet snow on the ledges and sodden ground on the approaches Photos from today at www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/diary.html
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