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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Cruxed on Crotched!

Another great weather day saw Jude, Jason and myself heading back into Coire an t-Sneachda to climb Crotched Gully.

We had the company of Carron, Sue and Fi for our walk in and the approach climb to the start. As we headed right up Crotched Gully the girls climbed Grooved Rib.

This was to be Jason's first ever climbing experience and Jude's first winter route. The gully was well filled with recent softish snow but bare at the crux.

This provided entertainment for all including the resident Ptarmigan as Jason perfected their mating grunts inter-spaced by calls of take in!!!! This seemed to really excite the local birds as they gliisaded down the slopes above sounding like demented chickens, to peer at what was going on below!!!

Once past the crux the difficulties soon eased to provide two more pitches of pleasant Grade 1 snow up onto the plateau past the small cornice.

The girls joined the upper part of our route and up onto the plateau behind us and full details are on Fi's blog here

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