Friday, 31 December 2010

The ups and downs of the UK's weather

Winter courses in Wales this week just missed out on the good conditions over Christmas - with the sudden change in wind direction bringing warm winds up from the South, thawing much of the snow and making the ice falls highly unstable - it just shows how variable our climate is !
It also re-enforces the the need for a plan B, C and D if you intend to make the most of the conditions in Britain's winter mountains. We were able to gain some experience in moving on snow, evaluating the snow structure and some winter navigation, the planning process required of winter expeditions and an introduction to the use of some of the technical equipment. and for a bit of fun we even had the opportunity for a few 'bum slides' in the wet snow.

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