Sunday, 7 February 2016

Wild weather in the Coe.

Adam and I headed up into SCNL today to get some more climbing done and to give him a skills check and to apply it to the winter environment and how things might be a little different from summer. We opted for Dorsal arete because we were sure we could get there safely, it was a buttress route and there is loads of gear so we could get Adam building belays. We climbed the route in four pitches taking in some more of the interesting ground with the weather turning especially wild just for the crux. There was a lot of snow being blown around today and a lot of digging was required. The temperature also went up during the day causing lots of snow to slough off down the gullies with quite a bit of debris noted on the walk out.
Not many teams out today, we shared the route with Mike and his team of two and I saw one team of three moving around in the coire across and under the gully lines. Not sure what they were doing but I don't think I would have been doing that today. Today I was working for Hebridean Pursuits.

Dorsal arete, scottish winter climbing

Enjoying the conditions, just before the wind hit.

Dorsal arete, scottish winter climbing

Adam just about to tackle the crux, now you see him.

Dorsal arete, scottish winter climbing

Now you don't.

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