Winter out of the window [WML Training Day 5]

Looking into a wet Coire an Lochain. N.B. old avalanche debris on the lochan in the background

After the expedition phase of the last few days, it was nice to get out again, but dismaying to see how fast winter is retreating. Seeing photos from even a week ago reinforces just how rapid and damaging the recent thaw has been.

Even so, there is hope of some colder weather tomorrow, and never say never with Scottish winter, I suppose. On the other hand, you might not want to look at the synoptic charts beyond then…

Anyway, we managed to find some snow in the Twin Burns area of Coire an Lochain for bucket seats, buried axe belays, snow bollards and confidence roping.

There were a couple of highlights from the day: past avalanche activity could clearly be seen on the upper lochan, with the different colours between water ice and snow. We also used a snow slump on the left of the Twin Burns to practise lowering, which was handy.

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