Monday 30th November Northern Corries

Greg returned to Coire an Lochain today with James. He was amazed at how much new snow has come down (or been redistributed) since we were in the corrie yesterday. They climbed Sidewinder to near the junction with Savage Slit and finished up Western Route to give a more sustained outing. They spotted one other team on Fallout Corner.

Sunday 29th November Northern Corries

Greg and i were out today in Coire an Lochain. We climbed Deep Throat on No.4 Buttress. The route was heavily rimed and buried under deep snow which made the going time consuming. Any turf (although there didnt appear to be much) was frozen. Other teams were on The Hoarmaster and Savage Slit.

Photos will appear shortly on Greg Boswells blog.

Sunday 29th November 2009

Out on Creag Mac Ranaich (809m), above Glen Ogle, with a group today. Soft crusty snow above 700m and the turf above the same level feeling pretty firm. Cold sunny day with temp below freezing and a circa 30 mph NE wind on the summit. No new snow today where we were, but some wind transportation. Ben Lawyers, Tarmacahan, Ben More, Ben Vorlich, Stuc a’Chroin etc. all looked to have a good cover of snow above about 700m.

Also had a report from someone who solo’ed Central Gully in Sneachda today. It sounded fairly blowy, with some wind slab and cornices starting to form on a NE wind; breakable/soft snow and icey bulges and the gully being harder than Grade I.

Friday 27th November 2009

Out today in Coire an t-Sneachda with John Jackson. We climbed Fingers Ridge. It was below freezing all day at crag level. There’s a good cover of snow on the crags and it was snowing down to about 750m when we left on a NW wind. The turf isn’t frozen yet, hence the choice of route. The 1st pitch felt quite tenuous as the snow on the slab was too soft to be of much real assistance. After that the route was in pretty good condition with the obvious care being required with loose blocks, particularly higher up.

On approach we saw parties below the Mess of Pottage (although not sure what they were heading for); in Aladdin’s Couloir and on the 1st pitch of Patey’s (although they could have been heading for Terms of Endearment).

November 16th 2009. Not quite there yet!

The Falkirk Council staff team and i were out today in the Cairngorms. We descended Y gully on Stag Rocks and climbed back up Afterthought Arete.
There is a lot of snow in the Ben Macdui area and on the exit slopes of the Northern Corries but no routes are in condition as far as we could see. The forecast snow on the highest summits did not happen during daylight hours.