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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.