Winterhike blog – Cairngorms 2007 (part 3 – storm!)

Vrijdag 9 februari 2007

Expeditieleden Cairngorms 2007The winds have been strong from the South-East and summit temperatures have remained very cold. Snow showers and heavy drifting have led to deep accumulations of soft slab developing on West through North to North-East aspects above 700 metres.  On a North-West aspect at 1050 metres tests showed a very weakly bonded snowpack and spontaneous shooting cracks were also noted. The avalanche hazard is High (Category 4). COMMENT: Maelstrom conditions on the hill today. Continue reading

Winterhike blog – Cairngorms 2007 (part 2 – een goede start)

Donderdag 8 februari 2007

Weerbericht voor die dag: It has been a cold day with snow showers and a strong South-Easterly wind. The lying fresh snow of previous days has been transported by the wind on to lee aspects and has formed weakly bonded windslab accumulations on mainly Westerly to Northerly aspects above 700 metres. Field tests on a Westerly aspect at 1100 metres produced very easy failures in the snowpack. The avalanche hazard is Considerable (Category 3). COMMENT: Very cold but good and wintry. Continue reading

Winterhike blog – Cairngorms 2007 (part 1 – plannen)

I think we are gonna live, Jim!

Het oorspronkelijke plan
Ons oorspronkelijke plan zou ons een groot aantal Munro’s opleveren. Te beginnen met Braeriach, vervolgens Sgor an Lochain Uaine (Angel’s Peak), dan Cairn Toul en eventueel Devil’s Point. Vervolgens via de Corrour Bothy over naar de andere kant van de Lairig Ghru naar Derry Cairngorm en Ben MacDui en vandaar weer terug naar Aviemore. Continue reading