20th December 2006

The early season mixed climbing conditions have been providing a good bit of sport. Euan and Paul teamed up today to climb Fallout corner Coire an Lochain VI7 and found some good verglas for positive axe placements but with little clearing needed for placing protection all in an enjoyable route.
Earlier this season we have been climbing on Belhaven V6 and Melting Pot V6 in Coire an T Sneachda.

16th December 2006

Ben More and Stob Binnien. Colder than of late. Snow lying down to 550 meters. Heavy showers coming in all day on a brisk westerly. Ground frozen from 900m. Rime buiding up.  Windslab on eastern slope aspects, ridge scoured. A few small patches of neve survive. White-out on top.

The view from Ben More

7th December 2006

Out on Na Gruagaichean and Binnein Mor in the Mamores today with the Falkirk high tops team. At the start of the day most major accumulations of snow were on Northerly aspects with ridges being quite heavily corniced on these aspects. During the late morning a shift in the wind led to major deposits being put down on easterly facing slopes and formation of cornices on these aspects. Spontaneous avalanches were witnessed later in the day.
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A great day was had by all. It was fantastic to be back on the Mamores ridges under snow!