The Cairngorms

The last three days John and I have been climbing in the Cairngorms with a Falkirk Outdoors Mixed Climbing Team of Alan, B and Devon with Robin making a guest appearance today. We hit a pretty good weather window and climbed in Coire an t-Sneachda, on Stag Rocks and on Creagan Cha-no. Various teams climbed The Seam; Goat Track Gully and it’s right hand start (on thin but climbable ice); Albino; Purge; Chimney Rib with the alternative start; Anvil Gully; The Blood is Strong and Cutty Sark.

Me, B and Devon on Cutty Sark today.

The turf was well frozen throughout the three days on the routes we climbed. There wasn’t a lot of old snow around, but what was there was good neve. Fresh snow was being moved by strong winds in to sheltered locations, generally north and east facing. The fresh snow was unconsolidated and wind slab was forming in sheltered areas. The lack of much consolidated snow means there are some loose blocks around and care is required. Having said all that the temperatures are warming up, so things will be changing rapidly. There are lots of photos on The ClimbNow Facebook page.

Coire an t-Sneachda

John, Tam, Gayle and I were out today in Coire an t-Sneachda. Gayle and I climbed ‘Invernookie’ while John and Tam climbed ‘The Seam’. ‘Invernookie’ was in excellent condition with lots of useable snow ice and lightly rimed buttresses. The lads reported that ‘The Seam’ was also in good condition.

The visibility was very poor so I do not know how the other routes are looking. On the way out I could see the bottom of Aladdins Buttress which was black. The walk in and out to the Coire is very easy at the moment due to the firm snow.

Gayle belaying on Invernookie.

Gayle belaying on Invernookie.