Based in Aviemore, The Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland.
Gary Hodgson runs Tarmachan Mountaineering, providing instruction and guided walking all year round. This is my regularly updated blog including the latest snow conditions in winter.
Saturday, 18 January 2014
IGLOO BUILDING IN GRIM WEATHER
Russ was back out with me again this year for another snow hole weekend, I took him and Neil out last February for the same experience. This weekend he 'persuaded' another friend of his (Malc) the delights of living in the white room. The initial intentions were to head up to Ciste Mheared, near Cairn Gorm for our snow shelter but it was clear right from leaving the carpark that the strong winds would make this an unpleasant place to be. So I took the guys to the dizzy heights of 800m in Coire an t-sneachda and decided on an igloo style home for the night. The snow showers and 40mph+ winds were pretty much constant all day. The temperature was rising and the snow wasn't perfect for our igloos. With time running out and soaked through we decided that a normal bed for the night was a better option! The guys learnt the skills of the inuit and found it wasn't as easy as it looked. They enjoyed the experience though.