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2009-12-09 12:41:44
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Conor, I think the drift of your question is whether there's a way of getting through deep snow without getting totally knackered. Well, there isn't really. Last weekend was superb for us as well, tons of snow, zero tempeature and no wind at all. After a 300 metre reascent through snow to an Caisteal I was sweating and down to a t-shirt approaching the summit. A party was descending in goggles, fur and anorak. Ronnie muttered "It's Baywatch meets Scott of the Antarctic".

It feels superb being the first on a hill and breaking snow but it's simply hard work. Experience'll let you judge the shallowest or firmest snow. The worst is stuff that takes your weight, then collapses. That'll reduce you to tears. Following another party is easier because they've done the work. Equally if you're not walking alone, swapping the lead every 100 paces gives a rest. Make sure everyone takes their turn. Gordon, Ronnie and I had worked up to the bealach in Gleann Taitnaich in deep snow with Ronnie and I sharing the lead. Just before we reached the top Gordon said "Oh are you swapping around?" and led the last 50 metres. We've referred to this sort of crime as Taitniching ever since.

I've not encountered equipment that works (though I've never seen snowshoes). I once saw a guy with touring skis who was impressive but he looked highly skilled. Mostly, snow conditions being what they are, ice, crust etc., the ski tourists are even slower and sweatier than the rest of us.
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simon3 less than an hour ago.
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simon3 2 hours ago.
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simon3 a day ago.
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ladyhawke1003 3 days ago.
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jpuigsegur a day ago.
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simon3 4 days ago.
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Onzy 2 days ago.
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madfrankie 2 days ago.
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andreos97 a week ago.
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fieldoptic a week ago.
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