It has been a late start to my winter fun this year, with buying and moving house in December, family up visiting, decorating, looking after the wee one and my other half Gillian changing her job it just hadn't been at the top of the pile, today though was a different matter. I headed out with Steve and Ken for a day up on Bidean nam Bian, unfortunately plan A didn't really work out due to conditions, so we abseiled and headed round the corner to salvage something from the day.
We decided on the line of Closer, even though it was missing the ice at the start of the first pitch but we thought it would go. This gave us two good pitches of sustained IV,5 climbing but the first pitch still wasn't in great condition for it's entirety. Still it was good to be out swinging the axes with friends.
If you're planning on heading out this weekend, I'd suggest picking rockier, steeper mixed routes that aren't so reliant on turf or classic mountaineering routes that will give great days out in this stunning weather.
Morning light on the Aonach Eagach.
The main cliffs of Bidean, above.
Stunning scenery to keep us entertained on the belays.
Ken, questing upwards.
The end to a satisfying day.