Yesterday on Ben Nevis and in Glen Coe. The first heavy rain in almost two months came in last night, but still plenty of snow and ice on the high tops and the forecast suggests more snow heading in on westerly and north-westerly winds. Winter still has legs up north!
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Thanks to Adele Pennington for these photos taken on Number Six Gully today. Still great conditions and they look set to stay for at least another week, maybe more!
Great conditions yesterday on Crowberry Gully. And thanks to Dan Goodwin for the photo of Marisa, taken today on some good ice, alongside the gondola at Glen Coe ski area. Very accessible and good for good for training on a mountaineering course over the Easter holiday. More photos to follow when I fix the hard drive on my main computer!
Very good conditions in Glen Coe at the moment. Also Minus One Gully was climbed, along with Pointless on Ben Nevis. The track up to the top car park is blocked by trees, so those of you who seem to prefer a long walk in should be happy. The mountain is still busy though as a lot of folk are using the nice little hut run by the SMC!
Now the wind has died a lot, conditions can be appreciated more. We still have a ‘Considerable’ avalanche risk on westerly aspects but good route choice and rock anchors will overcome that issue in most places. Be wary of the finishing slopes on any routes, especially in Meagaidh. Thanks to Paddy Cave (Number Six Gully) and Padraig Gibbons climbing with Mike Brownlow on The Pumpkin. Mike is an aspirant guide with BMG. We are very busy just now and full up in the accommodation over Easter.
Today we have the best weather in the UK out west. Unfortunately it involves storm force winds and bitter cold! Still, people have been climbing today and earlier this week. If only the wind would subside, the conditions are immaculate in many places. Thanks to Bruce Poll for the CIC Hut photos and Ken Applegate for the others, especially Sgurr Finnisg-aig today, which proved marginally sheltered with a descent back down the slopes at the side of the route.
By the way I found a pair of decent trainers at the top car park. A full description and the cost of postage (£5) will reunite them with their owner.
Thanks to Scott Kirkhope and Andy Ravenhill for these shots taken today. Scott Climbed Central Gully R-Hand and reported mixed conditions in places. Central Gully L-Hand was climbed in much better shape. Orion Face Direct and Hadrian’s Wall were both climbed and reported to be reasonable. The conditions should improve even more as the colder weather moves in.
Anyone who finds an ice screw on Green Gully, one of our guests dropped it today and would be very grateful if it was returned!
Thanks to Gareth Davies for this shot taken on Crowberry Gully today. Conditions in many places sound very good, with plenty of ice.
Yesterday a fair flog in deep snow amongst rocks and boulders on Beinn Sgulaird with Fiona. Thought it would be more of the same today. Not so as a good path into the Corrie and less snow on this mountain. Climbed ordinary route on central buttress with Neil McGougan, soft snow so hard for its grade though good sport and more tricky in parts. Just as well there was little wind so comfortable rather than the flying spindrift.
Thanks Robert. Good to see that approaches are starting to consolidate into the popular areas. I think it may all change again when the wind increases in the next few days. The cold weather looks set for at least another week, according to all of the forecasts. Great stuff.
Climbing today on Quiver Rib in Glen Coe was fairly damp, but still a good climb under the conditions. Well done Wendy!