Ken and I headed over to the Cairngorms this morning to meet Joe and head into the Northern coires to practise some mountaineering work in preparation for assessments later in the winter. It was a constructive day but not that wintry. The snow cover in Coire an t Sneachda is minimal. Even the easy gullies aren't complete. Coire na Lochain has much more snow and I'd guess you would find the gullies in there to be complete. We just couldn't believe how little snow there was, all of the buttress are bare and if you fancied it you could quite happily get a summer route in and probably avoid taking any winter kit at all. On the plus side the ground is still mostly frozen so fresh snow will bring the mixed back into condition.
Mess of Pottage
Aladdin's and Fluted Buttress