Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

18-01-10, Coire An t-Sneachda - Winter Climbing

Today I was out with Kath, Gaz and Matt. We ventured into Coire An t-Sneachda, to see just how buried the buttresses were. Turns out they were very! The recent thaw hasn't stripped any of the snow on the rock. The snow on the walk in was very firm, making progress easy going. The goat track and slopes above Alladdin's Buttress were bulging and Mess of Pottage had completely disappeared! Some wind slab is present. We saw teams on Fingers Ridge area and lots trying to decide what to do. We headed over to Fiacaill Buttress as rock features could be identified and looked more like there was a thick hoar. We couldn't climb any of the harder routes as they were covered in ice and neve, so the climbing would have been easy but impossible to get runners in on the lead. We went up Fiacaill Couloir II, which is very banked out and in nice condition. Above right - Matt seconding Gaz up to the col. We then top roped most of the routes that top out on the ridge. There were excellent and easy to climb but would be harrowing to lead! Below is the rest of the corrie, buried and bulging with snow.

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