Saturday, 16 February 2013

Soggy in SCnL but still worth the effort.

I met up with Ben and Andy this morning for their intro winter climbing weekend for West Coast Mountain Guides. We headed up to Stob Coire nan Lochan with an open mind and spotted a couple of avalanches that looked like they had gone in the higher temps of the last couple of days. The guys took this on board and we had a talk about choices when we got into the coire. The guys sensibly opted for a buttress route without any cornices hanging above so we went for Boomerang arete on the Summit buttress. This gave us four good pitches with a bit of everything and then some easier ground to the top. 

Turf was still good today and the ice was nearly first time placements every time but is a bit mushy on the surface. Other teams out on Dorsal arete and Reaburn's and we had on and off showers all day right to the summit. No photos today with the clag in and a bit too wet for my non-waterproof camera.

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