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Today Curved Ridge was just icy rocks in places until about halfway, when crampons were required. The approach ground is possibly the hardest section with plenty of verglas on the exposed sections.
Tower Ridge awesome today, and we had it to ourselves. All the ridges are covered in firm neve, very pleasurable climbing conditions, and above the cloud inversion. Point Five was looking busy but quick. Epsilon chimney out of the basin looked in great condition. Observatory Buttress looked a little sporting on pitch 2. Smiths leaner still. In Coire na Ciste teams were on Darth Vadar and Storm Trooper. Comb Gully was busy too.
The mixed lines on the Ben are not as well rimed as the Cairngorms, but there is much more ice in the cracks on the Ben. Shelter Stone and Carn Etchachan looked irresistible yesterday with clean cracks (if only we had known that the night before). Hells Lum was great in the shady bits but falling off from the warm rocks in the sun.