Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Monday, 8 February 2010

08-02-10, Creag Meagaidh - Winter Climbing

With cold temperatures and dry weather forecast. We headed to Creag Meagaidh. A fairly late start - walking in while it was already daylight, we headed towards South Pipe Direct IV,4. 250m with four good ice pitches (picture - Kath leading the fourth). The ice was thick and took screws fairly well.

Other teams were out on Smiths Gully, Last Post, South Post Direct, Centre Post, Staghorn Gully and Pumpkin.

The ice at the bottom of Missed The Post and Last Post is very thick and blue. The upper and middle parts of the Post face looks quite buried in snow. There are some sizable cornices above the Cinderella area. The Wand and Diadem are looking fairly covered in snow at the moment, maybe needs a quick thaw and refreeze to make it better?

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