After a warm spell and a few days in near summer conditions, a complete contrast from the fresh snowfall just two weeks ago, the changeable conditions that make Scotland so exciting had me thinking back to some tricky photography conditions this past winter, with one day in the Cairngorms standing out in particular.
NorthFace athlete Hansjoerg Auer's arrival to the Cairngorm's, for the Winter Climbing Festival at Glenmore Lodge, happened in parallel with a chaotic weather front from the southwest, providing the perfect opportunity for Hans to experience some classic Scottish mixed climbing, whilst embracing the Scottish spirit that allows us to make the most of whatever the weather throws at us. The Seam (IV,5) on Fiacaill Buttress in Coire an t'Sneachda provided good refuge to escape the 80mph gusts accelerating across the plateau above, and Hans made short work of leading two Glenmore Lodge clients up this classic route, although topping out onto the ridge provided a whole new battle. Whilst Hans was the main focus of my camera, a huge amount of kudos has to go to Nick (pictured below) who was my lead and endured the most exposure to the wind and conditions on up on the ridge! Many thanks to The North Face and Glenmore Lodge