Dinnertime Buttress

The Falkirk High Tops Team and I were out on Dinnertime Buttress in Glencoe today. The route was damp and we encountered no snow. More photos can be viewed on the facebook page.

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Loch Treig

Sometimes at this time of year when winter conditions have temporarily disappeared it’s good to just get out to blow some cobwebs away and get some hill miles into the legs. That’s what I was up to today.

Stob Coire Sgriodain from pt. 958m.

Stob Coire Sgriodain from pt. 958m.

I headed to Fersit near Loch Treig and ascended Stob Coire Sgriodain via Sron na Garbh-bheinne. I then continued on to Meall Garbh before heading back north to Chno Dearg. Rather than head straight back towards Fersit I decided to complete the watershed by taking in Meall Chaorach and Creag Dhubh before returning to Fersit. The going was quite rough and boggy in places, particularly after Chno Dearg.

There were just a few patches of old snow around and a little wet fresh snow above 950m. Winds were westerly around 40mph in the morning, but dropping during the day and there were showers on and off falling as rain to above 1050m during the day.

Cairngorms

I was out today in the Cairngorms with a Falkirk Community Trust climbing team of Joanne, Linda and Wilson. We were working on the assumption that winter climbing opportunities would be limited, so headed for Creagan Cha-no with the intention of checking out conditions and probably climbing Duke’s Rib as a Moderate.

Joanne exiting the steep corner on Duke's Rib.

Joanne exiting the steep corner on Duke’s Rib.

After abseiling in we actually climbed the initial rocks on the right of Wile-E-Coyote in error, before traversing over to climb the steep left facing corner of Duke’s Rib and then up that to the top. We climbed it as a rock route without crampons and .with an axe handy for the odd old snow patch and the snowy top out. It’s worth noting that Duke’s Rib is described wrongly on UKC, see SMC Journal 2011. There was also a quick solo of Recovery Gully on firm old snow with one small broken section.

The team belayed on the rocks right of Wile-E-Coyote.

The team belayed on the rocks right of Wile-E-Coyote.

Turf was well frozen at crag height, but the crags were looking very black. Water courses were running in Coire Laogh Mor. There are patches of old firm snow in sheltered locations, but these aren’t extensive. A dusting of fresh snow on some hills in the area above about 900m and there was a very light snow shower during the day. Winds were light.

Back to Birnam

Yesterday I returned to Newtyle (Birnam) Quarry with Linda and Joanne from the Falkirk High Tops Team. We spent a useful day looking at movement skills on steep ground with crampons and advanced techniques for climbing with axes.

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