Sheltering from the elements in Ciste Mhearad

Two ways of sheltering in Ciste Mhearad

 

Today we were out on Cairn Gorm again – the second day of our Scotland winter Community Event, the aims of which are to build relationships and have adventurous experiences.

 

We wanted to stay together as a group today, take in some steeper ground and get into a more remote part of the Cairngorms. The original objectives were to head to The Saddle via Ciste Mhearad, journey along Loch Avon, find some steeper ground into Coire Raibert and then come back over via 1141m (the handy spot height and cairn above Coire Cas).

 

Unfortunately we did not quite fulfill the original aims: the wilder weather forecast for the afternoon seemed to hit earlier, making for more challenging walking conditions. This meant that the team became drained physically, so after running through emergency shelters in Ciste Mhearad, we called it a day and headed out.

 

Last night two more members joined us, Chris and Maggie, who are keen on some winter climbing. As such, James, who is working towards his Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC), is hoping to take in some climbs with them on an informal basis. Should make for a great mixture of activites over the week!

 

Gregoire is horrified at the weather

Horrified at the very un-French weather

 

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Slow and steady progress into the wind on Sron an t-Aonach

 

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Raymond steels himself for the next push to the Ptarmigan

 

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Goggles and smiles today from the team

 

Gregoire-and-James-enjoying-the-conditions

A cosmopolitan team: French and American

 

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The Ptarmgian Restaurant looms in the distance

 

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Reviewing the navigation leg – Ptarmigan Restaurant comes in useful

 

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Marc demonstrating his emergency shelter

 

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