Wednesday 30th January

Wednesday I climbed with Nick and Karl in Coire an Lochain we spotted other teams on the vent, ewen buttress direct, grumbling grooves, we climbed andromeda.
We noticed areas of hard windslab near the twin burns area when descending back into the corrie.
Thursday I went for a walk near comrie the snow level was down to 200m Keith and I climbed Mor Bheinn in very blustery conditions a great day out in wild weather.

Tuesday 29th January

Davy V is currently at Glenmore Lodge on his MIC.  Today they climbed The Runnel.  The buttresses were beginning to rime as Davy was leaving the corrie and it had started to snow.  The gullys were mostly complete.

Mark was out in the hills near Killin.  He reports that there is still snow in the north facing corries and there is a fresh dusting on the hills.

Wednesday 23rd January

Bomber Harris and Mhairi headed into the Northern Corries today.  They found lots of wet snow with ice and some rock falling off the buttresses.  Mhairi was blown off her feet numerous times on the approach.  They did not climb.

Tuesday 22nd January

We headed to the Cairngorms today as the weather seemed best there. Simon and i climbed Hidden Chimney Direct in excellent conditions with good neve for most of the way. Some of the cracks were heavily verglased. Damo and Greg climbed Pot of Gold.

The gullys, Invernookie, The Rampant, The Slant and Jacobs Edge all looked in excellent condition

Monday 21st January

Damo, Greg, Simon and i climbed West Chimney in Stob Coire Nam Beith, Glencoe today.  The conditions on the ascent were excellent with good neve, turf and the route completely rimed.

The conditions on the descent were not as good with large areas of hard windslab over a layer of powder snow.  It was possible to move between areas of neve and rock outcrops for most of the way.

Mr Miaggi and Sean climbed Sphinx ridge reporting good conditions but the difficulties being for a much greater distance than indicated by the guidebook.

Sunday January 20th

Tony, Nic and Damo were out today ski touring in the Glen Shee hills. The snow cover is beginning to get patchy off-piste but there is still enough snow to ski from the ski centre car park (up the piste being easiest!). They reported that the conditions are icy both on and off piste.

Saturday 19th January

Davy V was out on Ben Nevis today and climbed Tower Scoop. He reports that the ice was good but it was a wild day today on the Ben with fresh snow and significant windslab. Therefore, they decided not to continue to Good Friday Climb which had been their original intention.

Tony and Adam were in the Northern Corries today and climbed The Headhunter in Coire an Lochain followed by a wander across to t-Sneachda for a quick solo of Aladdin’s Mirror Direct.  Tony says, “Not much rime low down in the corries today, hence the trek up to the top of Lochain.  There a good amount of snow on the ledges and the icy routes look good at the minute but it was starting to get a bit warm as we left. There were a few other offerings available, Helena and Becky made a leisurely ascent of The Message on Mess of Pottage but much of the rest of that crag was very black.”

Thursday 17th January

Today Damo and i headed out ski touring. We intended on heading to the Ben Lawers area but could not get up Glen Ogle due to snowfall. Therefore, we headed to the corrie on the west of Ben Vorlich from Glen Ample. We found some excellent snow conditions from around 350m for both skinning up and skiing down.

We did not have time to head for the summit of Ben Vorlich but the descent from the summit in a westerly direction looks amazing at the moment. With conditions like these who needs the Alps. All we need now is the mountain huts, the coffee and the wine!

Bomber Harris and Glenn climbed Dorsal Arete in Stob Coire Nan Lochain today reporting good conditions and teams on lots of the other buttress routes.  All teams were avoiding the gullys.

Wednesday 16th January

Glenn and Bomber Harris where out today on the East Face of Aonach Mor practising skills for movingaround steep snow in and around the Easy Gully and Web areas.

They reported that there is a lot of good neve around, the crag is well rimed and the cracks are chocked with ice.  They reported that the cornice above The Web is impassable.

Saturday 12th January

Rosie was out skiing in Glenshee today.  She reported excellent conditions both on and off piste.