Cairngorms

I have been out in the Cairngorms today with the Falkirk High Tops Team. We had intended on going to Glencoe but the forecast of torrential rain changed our minds.

We walked into a quiet Coire an t-Sneachda before linking together the very bottom of Central Gully, the middle section of Central Buttress and the icefall finish to Central Left Hand. This gave us a safe option out of the way from any potential cornice collapse and rock fall in the mild conditions.

The snow was soft at all levels. The turf was frozen and the icefall was in good condition. Most buttress routes are black with Fiacaill Buttress the only possible option although I am unsure what the snow will be like. Today we had rain at all levels.

We drove through the Drummochter Pass to get to the Cairngorms. Options still exist for ski touring on the Munros to the west of the A9.

The ice fall on Central left Hand.

The icefall on Central left Hand.

Fiacall Buttress on the 18th December 2014.

Fiacaill Buttress on the 18th December 2014.