Gary, Angus and I headed round to the West face of Aonach Mor this morning under quiet sky's and with a track to follow (Thanks whoever put that in). We we're headed for some of the ribs up high but not quite as far as the main summit ribs (Thanks Al, they did the job) to get some leading done on Grade II ground. As soon as we left the main track it became quite hard work through all the deep snow and it was at this point the snow started to fall and kept falling for a good couple of hours on some fresh winds making it feel quite 'Scottish'.
The hard work continued to the top and the gents did well looking after themselves in challenging conditions. There was a lot of snow moving round with more fresh windslab forming on westerly aspects, we set off a very small slide of soft slab even on the ridge and there is a report of more of the same further up the face. This weekend I am working for Abacus mountain guides.
There is turf under there somewhere.
Lots of snow.
And lots of digging.
Is that a smile or a grimace?