Friday, 23 December 2011
Cold again and great neve BUT!
Today was bright and cold so we took a wander in to our local crags in Coire an t-Sneachda to see what routes had survived the thaw. Initially it looked promising as folk were still skiing on Cairngorm Mountain's Coire Cas and there were still large still snow fields on NE aspects. The snow also had refrozen hard to provide good ice and neve. However on entering the main coire bowl the extent of the thaw became apparent as very few routes had survived and what was left was now broken. The only decent cover is on NE aspects around Point Five and Fiacaill Buttress whereas apart from the Runnel and a few patches NW aspects are completely stripped. Over in Coire an Lochain the cover is slightly better with the Couloir and Y-Gully almost complete. Despite the gloomy picture there is some good news and that is that some of the ice routes on SE aspects in the Loch Avon basin were complete or at least climbable today by Andy N and Sandy A. More details on Sandy's blog here!!!