Davy’s sent through some excellent photos from yesterday on Patey’s Route. There’s a couple below showing the two bulges from below (as always click on them to see them larger).
Davy, Pamela and myself had a very pleasant day out on Patey’s Route in Coire an t-Sneachda. The crux on the day was probably the lower bulge, which is getting a little kicked out.
The snow/ice conditions in the Northern Cairngorms weren’t quite as good as those further west earlier in the weak with evidence of a deeper facetted layer and the snow a bit less firm and less well bonded.
There’s currently excellent cover on the plateau and ski touring looked good especially on sun warmed slopes.
Sunshine throughout the day, no noticeable wind. Terrain frozen at all levels in the morning after a hard frost.
Sharon, Ian, Steve, Martin and I had a great day today on Creag Meagaidh. The weather was fantastic with wall to wall sunshine and only a light breeze. We climbed ‘The Wand’ which was in good condition.There were many teams on ‘The Pumpkin’ and there looked like teams heading towards ‘Smiths Gully’ and ‘Centre Post’. The walk in conditions are perfect at the moment and the descent from the Window is on good snow.
Just back from a great three day trip to Ben Nevis with a Falkirk Community Trust team of John, Eliot, Gayle, James, Jim, Nigel and Tam.
There are lots of routes in excellent condition with very well consolidated snow and generally good ice. Care is required on the hard snow particularly on crag approaches and descents as a slip would have potentially serious consequences.
Over the three days members of the team climbed Green Gully, Number Four Gully (in descent), Central Gully/Central Gully Right-Hand (Creag Coire na Ciste), Italian Climb, Tower Ridge, Glover’s Chimney, Douglas Gap West Gully and Traverse, North Gully, Vanishing Gully, Garadh Gully. All of these routes were in very good condition.
We have had a great day out today in Glencoe climbing Great Gully on Buachaille Etive Mor. This brilliant route is 360 metres in length and began with some nice water ice climbing before continuing with steep snow and some nice snow ice pitches. It is worth pointing out that with routes such as Great Gully, the guidebook grade is only a guideline! For some thoughts on the possible grades of Great Gully have a look at the information on the route located on www.ukclimbing.com.
The weather and conditions continue to be amazing in the Scottish Highlands. Chris and I visited Stob Coire nan Lochan today and climbed Twisting Gully. We followed this by descending Broad Gully and climbing Dorsal Arete. All three routes were in amazing condition. After some lunch we continued to the summit where we met the Falkirk High Tops Team. We all descended the North East Ridge of SCNL together. This ridge, as with all the ridges in Glencoe at the moment, has very firm snow and good crampon technique is essential.
Out today with a Falkirk Community Trust team of John, David, Doug, Graham and Paul climbing Taxus with the Icefall Finish in the North-East Coire of Beinn an Dothaidh.
Other teams out today on Taxus (with the normal finish) and Central Gully. Cloud at coire height all day, South-Westerly wind but no precipitation during the day and no significant wind movement of the snow.
After the recent thaw and refreeze the snowpack in the area is generally well consolidated. Snow cover started at coire height. Turf was well frozen, but buttress routes looked very black although there was some rime forming during the day. Ice on the route was generally good although becoming a bit thin on the initial steepening. The Icefall Finish and it’s upper corner was on good ice for climbing, but not always great for screws for runners.
Today we visited Lost Valley Minor Buttress in Glencoe. The approach to the buttress and all the normal walking routes in this area require good crampon technique at the moment. The snowpack is frozen solid and any slip or trip would have serious consequences.
Two teams including mine climbed Chimney Route. The route had lots of useful ice and screws are helpful. The route is currently climbing at IV 5. Right Edge was also climbed and reported to be in excellent condition with lots of great ice on it.
We have had an amazing day today climbing Western Rib on Aonach Mor. It was a perfect blue sky day with alpine style mixed climbing; bomber neve, good ice and dry cracks. Other teams were spotted on Golden Oldy and the East Ridge of Carn Dearg Meadhonach. Golden Oldy is drying out quickly, therefore loose blocks will begin to be a problem.
It has been an amazing day today in the Scottish Highlands. We visited Beinn an Dothaidh and climbed West Gully. The snow was in good condition. Taxus still appeared climbable and the other ice routes are getting there. The buttresses are out of condition.