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CairnGorm Mountain // Thursday 29th July 2010
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Grabbing some final turns in the Ptarmigan Bowl before the last Funicular down.

Jamming on the anchors in the Ptarmigan Bowl, in July!!

Helen and Jamie had back up for another run on the Ciste Mhearaidh snow field.

Snow hunting in the Ptarmigan Bowl!

Pondering the 200m+ offering in the Ciste Mhearaidh. How much would you pay for an hour of this in a fridge?

Mini stream eroded snow cliff.

No snow left in the main hollow of the snow field that sits below the Tor, home to the 2005 and 2008 Solstice slides.

Weather not encouraging on the final slog on the 105 towards the Traverse, but the forecast said the cloud base would lift.

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November, tick. December, tick. January, tick. February, tick. March, tick. April, tick. May, tick. June, tick.

So it just had to be done, July, tick!

Though 5 and a bit weeks have past since the official close to the snow fest winter of 2010 when CairnGorm wrapped of the season with lift assisted turns on the Summer Solstice (which saw 900ft of vertical in the Ciste Gully still on offer) and July is about to give way to August there is still snow to be found on CairnGorm Mountain.

Prob a bit over 200m length of run on offer on the Ciste Mhearaidh snow field just a short distance SE over the back from the Ptarmigan Tow. Crunchy spring snow, but scalloped from the thawing wind of late.

There's still a couple of small patches in the Ptarmigan Bowl, postage sized they might be compared to over the back, but enough for a few turns to entertain the rather perplexed tourists!

August next up, see the forum if your keen (mad?) enough.
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