West Coast Climbing

I have had a productive four days with the Joint Services. After climbing the Zig Zags on Monday we visited Aonach Dubh on Tuesday were we climbed Golden Oldie. The route was in good condition with frozen turf, lots of snow and fully rimed.

Yesterday we visited the Cobbler and climbed Chockstone Gully and Maclays Crack. Both routes were very white and fully frozen.

Today we climbed Dinnertime Buttress. The route was very white and fully frozen. We climbed the chimney version of the route today which was probably grade II/III.

During the four days we have seen no other climbers.

 

The Cobbler

David and I enjoyed a glorious day winter climbing on The Cobbler today. We climbed Chockstone Gully followed by Maclay’s Crack. This gave a great combination taking us to the top of the North Peak.

David and me enjoying sunshine, cloud inversions and low winds on The Cobbler.

The weather was better than expected. The forecast had been for cloud all day, generally a good thing when climbing on The Cobbler. However, we were above a cloud inversion for most of the day. This gave us superb views, but meant any rock directly facing the sun was being stripped of rime before our eyes. Fortunately the recessed nature of Maclay’s Crack meant it held good snow and the turf was very well frozen throughout. A beautiful day to be out in the Scottish hills and easy to see why the area earned the name “The Arrochar Alps” on a day like today.

The Cobbler

Pamela and I headed to The Cobbler today and climbed Maclay’s Crack. This gave a good climb up a natural winter line on very well frozen turf and rimed rock.

Pamela leading the 1st pitch of Maclay’s Crack

There’d been some fresh snow and some wind movement of snow since Sunday and no significant consolidation of the snowpack. However, the approach to the crag was fine and deeper unconsolidated areas were generally avoidable. The turf at crag height is well frozen, there’s some icing, but burns are still running. Cloud cover all day with just the odd lifting of the cloud above the summits. Light South-easterly winds.

The South Face of The North Peak of The Cobbler