Glen Coe

I’m just back from three fairly wild days based at Lagangarbh with a Falkirk Outdoors Mountaineering and High Tops Trip. On Wednesday Gillian, Linda, Neil and I ascended a soggy Zig-Zags (crampons not required). Whilst Craig, Mike and Wilson traversed Beinn a’Chrulaiste. On Tuesday the mountaineers adjourned to The Ice Factor for some indoor rock and ice climbing, whilst the walkers took in The Pap of Glencoe and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. Today the mountaineers made up a couple of routes high on the west face of Gearr Aonach including one, which had an interesting tight through route; meanwhile the walkers visited Beinn Bhan above Ballachulish before deciding the weather was unpleasant enough to make for a short day.

The mountaineering team on the Gearr Aonach ridge today with Beinn Fhada behind.

The weather gave significant precipitation on all three days. The freezing level went above the summits on Thursday on a southerly wind and then dropped down to around 600m today with the wind becoming westerly. We only reached circa 700m today, but there was considerable accumulation of fresh wind blown snow at this level. The snow at this height was moist and will firm up with colder temperatures. There are more photos on The ClimbNow Facebook page.

Aonach Eagach

John and I were out with a Falkirk Community Trust Winter Scrambling team today of Alasdair, Gregor, Ken, Linda and Nathalie on the Aonach Eagach in Glen Coe.

Nathalie and Ken amongst the pinnacles.

Nathalie and Ken amongst the pinnacles.

As well as the ridge we took in both the Munros of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh. There is quite a lot of fresh soft snow on the ridge at the moment, but also a fair amount of bare rock. We had good weather most of the day, but some snow showers late in the afternoon on a southerly wind. I’ll add some more photos to the ClimbNow Facebook page for a better idea of conditions.