Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

05-01-11, Lurcher's Crag, Cairngorms - Winter Climbing

Today we headed over to the west facing cliff of Lurcher's Crag in the Lairig ghru. From the Ski car park, the snow hard with occasional windslab powder over a very hard icy neve base. Strong SW wind has been blowing last nights snow onto SE through to N facing slopes. We descended South Gully, which looked very loaded at the top of the fan, but it was all hard neve. The first ice we arrived a was in Window Gully IV,4 . So we climbed this in 3 enjoyable pitches. More snow forecast tonight with a SW - NW wind so slab will definitely be building up on E thru SE slopes, as well as some cross loading on other slopes.

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