After Dorsal arete on Sunday I came home repacked my bags and headed over to the Cairngorms to help out with the University of the Highlands and Islands Residential week. I wasn't needed on the Monday so used the day to do a bit of exploring in Coire an t-Sneachda, I managed to beat the crowds to the foot of Jacobs Ladder and soloed up the Slant and then fought my way down Jacobs Ladder and then went up Jacobs Left edge and then down Jacobs ladder again. A bite to eat and I headed over to the Trident gullies area and climbed the Runnel which was in good condition but a bit thin at the top and felt more like III than II. The weather had worsened by then so I called it a day and headed back to the car via 1141m.
Nathan enjoying himself.
Tuesday and I was out with Nathan who had spent the previous day with Al. We headed for the route between the Runnel and Central gully and which goes at about grade III and has a nice entry pitch. Al and his team followed us up this so it was all very sociable and Adam got some great pics. ( See Al's blog )
Wednesday and Thursday was spent working along side Andy and Chris with the Higher Outdoor Learning course who where finishing off their winter walking module so we spent the two days recapping the necessary skills and putting it into a journey. Winter has definitely returned to the mountains and more snow is forecast, The persistent sub freezing temps will be helping to build ice on some routes but we may need a thaw and refreeze to bring some of the classic gully lines back in.