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CairnGorm Mountain // Saturday 14th January 2006
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CML get tough over closed system

Crampon Removal point high on the Fiacaill.

Sun edges lower over the Gorms.

Blue sky, and very hard snow on the Plateau, crampons essential.

Chasing a stray from the Ptarmigan!

We've got you cornered.... OK only joking, Apache Attack Helicopter flies through the Lairig Ghru.

A broken and patchy, but bullet proof base in the Top Basin.

View over the Northern Corries rim to the summit of CairnGorm.

The Traverse is still complete, but is a run to nowhere.

Blue sky, and ice the order of the day on the tops.

Fresh snow on top or a slight thaw to soften the surface and there will be touring potential.

Top of the Ptarmigan Tow.

The Ptarmigan Bowl, frozen solid.

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A perfect blue sky day on over the Northern Cairngorms on Saturday, unbroken sunshine, light winds, cold and crisp... apart from for the skiers, a distinct lack of snow on Northern aspects such as the Snowsports Area!

Still large areas of snow on the plateau, but it's crampon territory at the moment, solid re-frozen old snow. However there is a base there would if it either softens or gets fresh snow on top provide touring potential, and still wouldn't with the ground frozen and a patchy solid base in the Ptarmigan Bowl, take much snow for at least limited sport to be under way again. All we can do is wait and watch, and hope any milder interludes are short, and do not thaw out the ground, and existing snow and ice.

Photos from around CairnGorm today from George Paton and Helen Rennie. Please send your photos to pix@winterhighland.com or if you have been out climbing, post a report and photos to the UK Ice Server.
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