Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Friday, 12 February 2010

12-02-10, Creag Meagaidh - Winter Climbing

This winter just keeps getting better and better.
Back to Meagaigh again (3 times this week - I thought my legs were starting to get tired!), this time with Garry and Kath. We headed straight up Raeburns Gully and to the base of the ultra classic - Smiths Gully V,5. This four star route does not disappoint, very steep but at the moments is an easy grade V with loads of good ice which is quite hooked from previous ascents this year. Garry climbing the third pitch of the ice chocked gully - right. We descended Easy Gully, and there were ski tracks down it also! There was a slight dusting of snow in morning but clouds lifted and by early afternoon another blue sky day. This Scottish season has been amazing so far, no where near the usual ming and suffering with only a couple of beautiful good weather days during the month! The car park wasn't that busy when we arrived however it was when we got back. A few 'old boys' climbed Eastern Corner, there were 4 teams climbing Last Post, 1 pair climbed The Wand and lots of teams on The Pumpkin. I dare say this weekend, it will be very busy.
The top of the Post Face

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