With ice conditions so good at the moment Matt and I decided to head up high on the Ben and see what was about. We arrived in Coire na ciste to see a team heading for Green gully and Two step corner and had seen a team heading round the corner towards Combe gully but they were quite a way ahead of us so we chose to follow them round. It looks like they had headed for Combe gully buttress because we had Combe gully to ourselves and it was in fantastic condition today with first time placements the whole way up. The ice may not have been so good for screws but the climbing was so secure I was happy to run it out a bit. We topped out at 1pm and had some lunch in the sun before heading down.
Reasonably quiet in the Ciste today but teams were on the routes already mentioned plus No.3 gully buttress, the white line, Reaburns route, North gully and Tower face of the Combe. I did see one team finishing off Hadrians wall as we walked out.
The Combe and No.3 gully buttress.
Creag Coire na Ciste
No.5 gully and Carn Dearg.
Milder and windy tomorrow so we'll see what happens with climbing conditions over the next couple of days but I would think the snow ice routes will hold on well and mixed climbs should be back in condition with routes riming up in the moister air.