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Headed East

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

With the warm temperatures and rain forecasted we headed to the Cairngorms for some mixed climbing. It was warm there too but their were no cornices above the Fiacaill Buttress. Gaz and Michael climbed Invernookie, it was in good condition with plenty of ice to climb the snow was getting soft towards the end of the day. We climbed The Seam it was wet but had some good ice in the back of the cracks. Fiacaill couloir had a steady stream of people going up it. Not much else happening in the rest of the corrie because of the risk of cornices.

good ice on the Seam.

good ice on the Seam.

spot the climbers

spot the climbers

Coire an Lochain! looks menacing  at the moment.

Coire an Lochain! looks menacing at the moment.

More sun shine.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Its all ways getting up early, quiet routes and good views. today me and Adrian climbed Minus 3 and the continued up NE Buttress. on the summit for lunch in the sun we had another team climb minus 3 later in the morning too, Plenty of folk enjoying Tower ridge, Observatory Ridge, routes on the Orion  and minus face it was another especial day.

Early morning light on the NE Buttress

Early morning light on the NE Buttress

just coming thought the crux of minus 3.

just coming thought the crux of minus 3.

Hight up on NE Buttress

High up on NE Buttress

Heading to the summit for a well earn't butty

Heading to the summit for a well earn’t butty

 

Busy on the Ben

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Paul was out on tower ridge with Chris and Andrew. they had an amazing day with good views and sun shine! a rear treat this winter.

The summit of Ben Nevis

The summit of Ben Nevis

just coming out of tower gap.

just coming out of tower gap.

 

Their were lots of teams out on the orion face and the minus face. all enjoying very good climbing conditions. I was out with Donald King and we climbed Left Hand route. a brilliant route. Still a lot of big cornice about so careful route choice is still needed. there were 3 reported cornice incident today.

1st pitch of left hand route

1st pitch of left hand route

other teams enjoying the good conditions

other teams enjoying the good conditions

spot the climbers.

spot the climbers.

the guys on tower ridge.

the guys on tower ridge.

 

South West Ridge of the Douglas Boulder

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Gaz was out yesterday with Neil and Stuart. It was the first day of the intro winter climbing weekend. They climbed the SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder along with a few other teams.  Still a lot of snow being moved about so care was needed to get the route.

A good view at last.

A good view at last.

 

Good stance management on the SW Ridge.

Good stance management on the SW Ridge.

 

 

 

The snowy summit.

The snowy summit.

 

We have a CIC hut week starting today, so keep an eye out for condition up dates and routes they get done. pictures will be posted at the end of the week.

 

Castle Ridge

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The weather was not as promised, so we headed up the closest route. Castle ridge was in good condition with the curx being entertaining and a fine snow arete at the top. We Could not see much all day. Ice is reforming and the snow is firming up slowly too. There were lots of other teams in and about the Ben. We met some on the way out reporting cruddy ice and soft snow. Careful route choice is needed at the moment.

Fresh snow fall on the walk in.

Fresh snow fall on the walk in.

Castle Ridge. Just make out the CIC Hut

Castle Ridge. Just make out the CIC Hut

Curved Ridge

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

It was a wet day on the hill today but we did see the sun if only for a wee while. The freezing level was around the summits. Lots of wet snow about. The Ridge was  in great condition, still loads of snow up there and a good track now too. Thanks Tim.

 

Emma on Curved Ridge Glen Coe

Emma on Curved Ridge Glen Coe

Still some big cornices about!

Still some big cornices about!

Blue Sky

Blue Sky

Ben Nevis and Glen Coe

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

We had teams out on Ben Nevis and out in Glen coe today. quite wild and damp on the ben today, Me and steve climbed the SW ridge of the Douglas Boulder with a few other teams. Some other teams out on Gutless, Cutlass and fawtly towers.Steve on the SW ridge

 

Hannah was out with Keith and Charlie on Buachaille Etive Beag on the last day off their intro weekend. They had much better weather over there and even a view!

 

Gaz D was out with Greg and went up the Zig Zags. Andy R was climbing with John and ronnie they climbed Dorsal arete. They reported a lot of snow in the corrie. A team was on Inclination.P1050341 P1050349

Curved Ridge, Glencoe

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Proper wintry on Curved Ridge today and looks like it is staying that way heading towards the weekend. The major gully lines should be firming up nicely again. Thanks Chris for today’s pictures.
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More rain and high winds

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Quite a depressing Christmas break so far, with loads of rain and strong winds. Much of the good ice and snow will have disappeared for the time being. Thank goodness for Turkey and Mince Pies. Best wishes to all of you who follow my blog and may happiness and good health follow you all into 2012.