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Frozen Snow

Frozen Snow

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Description   Special equipment/advice
  • Arctic or extremely wintry conditions.
  • Slopes covered in hard frozen snow and ice.
  • Major paths could be obscured.
  • Steep sections of paths could be extremely treacherous and the possibility of a slip or fall is extremely high.
  • Cornices (overhanging snow) can form on cliff edges.
 
  • Ice axe, crampons and full mountaineering equipment is essential.
  • Paths become very dangerous without such specialist equipment, especially when descending.
  • In poor visibility or whiteout conditions navigation skills and techniques will be required.


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