The Northern Corries were busy today with the easy walk into the main corrie good for catching up on the climbing gossip. Al and Kenny headed towards Aladdins buttress and Fi and I headed for the Mess of Pottage. It was hard work though as soon as we left the main track. The bonus though is that we had the crag to ourselves apart from one other trio to our right. The cliffs were very wintry though the ice up cracks, powder snow and rime made the climbing good fun but time consuming. Proper winter climbing and more akin to the conditions routes were being climbed in in the past! More details and photos on Fi's blog. From our vantage point we saw teams in Jacobs Ladder, Aladdins Buttress, Wavelength, Fingers Ridge and over on the farside the Fiacaill Buttress area looked very busy with climbers on the Seam, Invernoookie and the Belhaven Rampant areas. We heard later from Ruth and her partner that they had a good time on Sidewinder although Coire an Lochain was fairy quiet compared to Coire an t-Sneachda. On the plateau the cover looked good for ski touring with deep drifts in places. Back in the ski area it looked as though some of the runs had a fair buildup with winter skills groups making the most of the mid-station drifts to dig emergency snow holes! All in all a good start to the season.