Thursday, 19 January 2017

A wee catch up.

I'm back home after a few days over in the Cairngorms and have just found some time to catch up on the blog. Saturday was a stunning day with blue skies and lots of snow but warm temperatures and heavy rain made Sunday feel like a completely different experience. Angus Gary and I headed for Golden Oldie followed by Ken with Gam and Tom. The bottom half of the route was very much snow free but with frozen turf. We made a very quick ascent and there was more snow in the upper half but not a lot.

Golden Oldie, Aonach Mor

Angus and Garry enjoying a classic route, even if it wasn't the most wintery.


Ken belaying Gam and Tom over the narrows.

A quick turn around at home and I was heading over to the Cairngorms to work on a winter residential with students from Skye. It hasn't exactly been a winter trip, in fact we didn't even take out axe and crampons for day 2 and 3 but we did have some great days out and some new experiences for some of the guys on the course.

We are in need of some snow in the highlands. The highest gullies are holding snow but most buttress' and ridges have no or very little snow. It is due to cool down over the weekend but there is no substantial snow forecast at the moment. The big ridges are dry at the moment and although there is little snow the great weather is still making for great days out.

Fiacaill ridge


scrambling on twin ribs.


cairngorms

Aladdins and Fiacaill buttress.

Mess of Pottage

Mess of Pottage.



Hells lum


Coire an Lochain

Coire an Lochain

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