Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Saturday, 8 January 2011

07-01-11, Lurcher's Crag, Cairngorms - Winter Climbing

Approaching Lurchers from the North.

Back to Lurcher's Crag again. This time we left from the Sugar Bowl car park, and after approaching from both ends, I don't think there is much difference. It is a more enjoyable walk back to Ski Car Park, but if the snow was deeper that may be an issue. Today the weather and scenery was awesome. Blue skies and white mountains, the southerley breeze was whipping up a fair bit of snow but that doesn't count as suffering! All of the ice routes are in good climable condition, North, Gully and K9 both had teams on them. We climbed Central gully whihc gave 3 good grade IV,4 pitches and some snow ploding in between. Quality! More snow is forecast over the weekend, which will mean the avalanche hazard will be greater; wind slab will be an issue on all aspects as the wind direction is changing day to day.

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