After a slightly cloudy start the clouds parted and the sun again smiled on us...
Gareth, Fi and I took advantage the great snow cover and spring like conditions to climb and video the Mirror Direct. We were later joined on the ice by Al Halewood and Derek Bain and managed to catch up with the latest outdoor gossip!
The ski area was fairly busy but considering the Easter break and great snow condition not as busy as expected. There were very few climbers about in the Northern Corries though there were some large groups of walkers sitting in the sun having a pick nick. We saw some folk in Jacob's Ladder, a solo climber on the Runnel and Derek B and Al H from the Ice Factor in Patey's Original Winter route.
Later on a mother and her young daughter climbed Aladdins Mirror and I chatted to a local Grantown climber out with his two boys on the first pitch of Patey's.
We also had a good gab about the weather reports and how quiet it was to some folk who had been on Fiacaill Ridge. We chatted to a local off piste skier and instrctor Neil who was having an excellent time skiing down the untracked snow in point five and Aladdin's Couloir - all this is on video and will be uploaded later along with the latest ice climbing video ;-)
An enjoyable, relaxed and very sociable day.