Saturday, 9 April 2011

Winchester College CCF Easter Camp Cairngorm

From last Friday till Tuesday I was working with Winchester Collge Combined Cadet Force on their Easter camp. We began with a day of winter skills for one group with myself, Basher and Gavin whilst the other group were out mountain biking with Richard and Chris then we changed the groups around for day two so more winter skills for me. Our first day was very windy so we found shelter in Coire na Ciste then on Saturday, we went back though we had a much less windy day. The snow was great for practicing skills and doing a little bit of navigation. On Sunday, I went with Gavin, John and Ian up to Ciste Mhiread for our snowholing expedition and the cadets dug furiously creating two comfortable snowholes. Whilst we were returning on Monday, the wind was gaining strength and we almost flew back down to the car park. Luckily the heavy rucksacks kept our feet on the ground! Basher and Richard decided that with the strong winds, they would go for a navigation journey from the Coire na Ciste car park culminating in an overnight stay at Ryvoan Bothy. On Tuesday morning part of their group finished off by climbing Meall a Buchaille.

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