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Friday, 28 March 2014

Twenty percent chance of cloud free Munros my *rse...!

Given the poor weather forecast I didn't think it was worth making the twenty minute drive for some ice climbing - the forecast was wrong!
 However looking up the hill at lunch time the Cairngorms were far from covered in the thick cloud suggested by the weather forecast but bathed in golden sunshine and the winds appeared a lot lighter!
A quick repack saw me rushing up into Coire an t-Sneachda for a bit of winter exercise and as the evening crags came back into shade the fresh snow was surprisingly well frozen and well bonded to the old hard neve.
Good fun was had exploring various little gullies grooves and ledges and checking out the old favourites such as the Mirror Direct which is still well banked up before traversing across from Pygmy Ridge to Fluted Buttress vai the Trident Gullies area.
I then headed over and up Red and Goat track gullies and had a fun bouldering session on the little icey grooves to the far right on my descents.
The start of Red and Goat Track are really fun with a bit of a berschrund to get started with Goat track if taken direct really good value.
The old snow ice was superb with yesterdays fresh slab only really noticeable on the easy angled sections and now pretty stable.
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