22nd March 2012
Above. Helen Rennie (‘Hillie’) was on our patch today looking to ski something. Hillie skied for 12 consecutive months (100 days total) on Cairngorm a couple of years ago and is expert at seeking out those hidden gem descents often overlooked by others. She was going to scope out a few options before committing to anything.
Above. Lifa Gully. Coire Chriochairein. Hillie’s first thoughts was this grade one gully. It appeared in our last blog entry and would certainly have been a good choice for a ski descent today. (It’s visible in the first photo). There was another winter mountaineer in the same corrie enjoying sport in Alpine-like conditions on some of the low lying ribbons of snow-ice we have left.
Above. Easy Gully today. Hillie didn’t seem keen on this but there is steep couloir skiing potential there. Might be a bit chopped up in places and there is a strange crevasse-like feature that would add interest. Raeburn’s is also complete but narrow and unrelentingly steep.
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