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Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Fantastic weather and neve

Plenty of thick ice - well flat thick ice...!
Another absolutely glorious day with rock hard neve in the gullies and corrie headwalls.
Several of the popular gully lines such as Jacob's and Aladdin's were fairly busy. It really looked superb especially around the Trident and Spiral gully areas. However, Red and Goat Track gullies were thin and broken and the Mirror Direct thin.
Buttress routes such as Pygmy and Fingers Ridge were bone dry and in great rock climbing condition. They would be best climbed with boots as opposed to crampons though crampons and an ice axe are essential for the approaches and descents! Care needs to be taken in areas of thin cover to avoid dislodging loose rocks onto walkers and climbers below...
We walked into Coire an t-Sneachda and up onto the Cairngorm plateau and Hells Lum via the goat track on superb snow ice. Even in the sun the plateau snow was firm and made for easy walking.
We had lunch and a snooze in the sun overlooking the mighty Shelterstone crag and the picturesque partially frozen Loch Avon.
On our return via Lochain Buidhe and Coire an Lochain we had great views of the Lairig Ghru and the sparkling arctic alpine corries of Braeriach. A great day to remember.

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