21/01/12 Winter Skills, Geal-charn, Drumochter

Out on Geal-charn doing a Winter Skills Course for EICA Ratho today with Duncan, Paul, Neil and David. The weather was fairly wild with more north-west in the wind than the forecast westerlies and winds steadily around 45mph at circa 750m. Snow showers throughout the day depositing fresh snow and wind blown snow on lee slopes above about 600m and rain at road level. Old frozen snow patches from 600m upwards. Turf very variable and only consistently frozen above 750m.

David trying his crampon skills on steeper ground

We found enough old snow in Coire Beul an Sporain to cover the course requirements, but had to keep moving and find shelter to keep warm with the lads coping very well with the challenging conditions. Goggles definitely helpful today.

Descending towards Allt Coire Fhar
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