Saturday David, Colin and I opted for an alpine style ridge and headed for Western Rib on the West Face of Aonoch Mor. This face isn’t seeing the sun until about 11:00 am and gave an excellent 500m route on snow, granite and suprisingly well frozen turf. Some care was required with the odd loose block.
Sunday Colin and I headed for the West Face of Aonoch Mor again, whilst Graham and David chose sunny rock climbing in Glen Nevis. We climbed Daim Buttress, giving another 500m of very alpine style scrambling/climbing. This route seems to catch more sun and the turf was generally soft and to be avoided except in shaded corners. The rock gave good sport, but much more care was required with loose blocks, particularly through the crux area on the left of the slabs.
The weather was stunning with high temperatures and wall to wall sunshine on Saturday and Sunday. A little refreeze over Saturday night, but most things are softening up and gullies are catching a lot of snow and ice from the sides as temperatures warm up. A second hand report that Point 5 was climbed on Sunday and despite an early start the upper sections were unpleasantly lively with slides from above.
The Falkirk High Tops Team and i had a long day out in the Ben Alder area where we ascended two munros after cycling to Culra Bothy. Ice axe and crampons are still required on these peaks for safe movement. Many big easy gullys look in condition on Ben Alder though some have large cornices.
This is my last report of the winter. Have a great summer and please join us again next year.
All the best
Out with Jen and B in Dumfries and Galloway on Saturday and had a wander around Corserine (814m) and Meikle Millyea. Patchy soft snow above 400m and complete cover high up. Snow showers above 500m on a variable light wind. If the bigger gullies on the east side of this ridge survive the thaw and get a refreeze they’d give some good, easy sport.
Climbed on dry granite at Clifton and bimbled up Criffel on Sunday then up Queensberry Hill (697m) on Monday. Patches of soft snow above 500m, but thawing fast in steady rain to above summits all Monday morning on a fresh southerly wind.
Ann, Glenn and i were out today on Cam Chreag on the side of Meall nan Tarmachan. There are still a number of? gully climbs in condition on this crag which appears in the Southern Highlands guidebook. The turf was frozen also. Good ski touring conditions still exist between Ben Lawers and Meall Garbh.