I was out with Angus and Gaz today who wanted to build on their experience of doing Diam buttress on the west face of Aonach Mor with myself, a couple of years ago. After a bit of a discussion this morning we opted for Curved ridge and to do some teaching on the way.
From the bottom the ridge didn't look like it was holding much snow but after the first steep section out of Crowberry basin it became obvious it was still plastered in snow and with a fresh dusting from last night too. We made great progress to the top of the ridge and round a heavily rimed Crowberry tower and were on the summit for a late lunch.
The conditions above 900m where great with the old snow frozen and firm, exposed turf was also frozen and with the cold and damp conditions the rocks were rimed but no sign of any iced up cracks. Today I was working for Abacus mountain guides.