21st December, Coire Fee

Out with B today in Coire Fee. We managed to sneak in a climb of The Pyramid. Despite it’s diminutive length in the guidebook, this gave 5 short pitches of IV,5 with the crux being quite spicey. I think we climbed a short pitch stepping off a boulder and up a crack below the awkward overhang mentioned as the start in the guide. The awkward overhang proved to be the technical crux on the day. We bypassed the pitch above the chimney by going further left to avoid thinly iced slabs with water running underneath them and climbed steep turfy steps with very welcome tree runners instead. The climbing involved rock, some suprisingly well frozen turf, good icey smears and some very soggy saturated snow.

B Looking a little damp at the base of the route

Light rain up until mid-morning and above freezing all day at crag height. The route was well sheltered from the westerly winds, which strengthed during the day.

The Pyramid takes the skyline arete in the centre of the picture

Thawing all day. Snowpack saturated. Turf well frozen where exposed and where not being subjected to running water. Ice in water courses thawing fast, but other ice hanging on well.

B Gully and Look C Gully Area