An early start on frozen snow to get the benefit of last night's frost - that was the plan...!
Unfortunately the blanket of cloud over Cairngorm had kept the temperatures higher than we'd wished. Still we had reasonable firm spring snow on our approach to a misty Coire an Lochain. Our route the Vent had some good interesting climbing on a mix of water ice, soft spring snow and rock at the chockstone.
The cloud seemed to hang around Coire an Lochian although elsewhere it was clear and sunny! On the plus side the mist will have kept the temperatures down and would have helped preserved the ice during the day.
We headed back down to Aviemore for lunch in the sun.
More photos on Fi's blog at http://www.marmotte.co.uk/blog/2009/03/vent-coire-lochain.html
The Vent YouTube video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdDDBDeC4to