Sunday, 24 January 2016

What a difference a day makes.

Today I was out with Ron, Luc and Miel who are over from Holland and had ambitions to do the CMD arete. Today's forecast was playing ball so we headed for the East ridge of Beinn a' Chaorainn to try and seek some shelter from the winds. On the drive over it became very obvious that we had lost A LOT more snow overnight and we hadn't hit the warmest part of the day yet.
We made our way up the East ridge which was just a summer scramble really with some soft old snow holding on in places but we never thought about putting crampons on and only got an axe out for the last 100m. It still gave the guys the 'experience' they were after and topping out right on the summit just finished the route off nicely.

winter mountaineering

Still smiling through the rain.

winter mountaineering

Not a lot of snow visible on the hills above Fersit.

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