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Saturday, 13 December 2014

After about ten days of snow fall and strong winds transporting it into gullies, hollows and sheltered slopes, it is quite hard walking around at the moment! Donald, Louisa and I took our group from Welbeck College to Beinn a'Chaorrain for the first of four days of mountaineering. Some of the guys had not walked in snow before but they certainly have now!

We found some great wind lips and small cornices to play on in safe locations which were ideal for showing the texture of windslab, layers in the snow pack and what trigger is nedded to cause a slab release. With the strong winds some areas have been scoured clean of soft snow and we found some little bits of ice at 600m to try out the crampons on. Tomorrow looks a little warmer and wet but then it's back to cold on Monday.

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