Thursday, 1 December 2011
Winter climbing conditions in the Cairngorms...
My SD memory card seems to have packed in so no photos from IN Coire an t-Sneachda.
Fortunately I had another camera with me and took a few pictures before we walked into the coire before it's battery died!!!
Generally the snow cover in Coire an Lochain was a lot better than Coire an t-Sneachda which was pretty thin apart from on the path, stream and on a few select sheltered NE aspects.
The Fiacaill Buttress area had the best cover in Coire an t-Sneachda with the other aspects blacker, more patchy and no doubt icy and verglassed.
The turf isn't properly frozen and there's very little decent snow bulidup in the gullies. AFAIC none of the gullies, icefalls or mixed routes graded less than 4 are really worth doing yet... It's to remain cold, snowy and stormy at times. By early next week the buildup and weather looks promising...!
See Mark C's blog report from Coire an Lochain today which has some good photos taken when climbing Central Crack route here
Again in Coire an lochain as expected with strong south westerlies the best cover of windslab was on the sheltered NE aspects where cornices were forming at the tops of climbs!