Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Friday, 11 February 2011

08-02-11, SCNL, Glencoe - Winter Climbing

Dave at the start of Scabbard Chimney.

Today, Dave and I headed up to Stob Coire nan Lochan and climbed Scabbard Chimney, V,6. Luckily there were a couple teams a head of us on the walk in so they had the glory of breaking trail in the new soft snow which fell over night. The freezing level was below the lochan but there was plenty of new snow which made for a considerable avalanche hazard. We heard a loud avalanche come down Twisting gully (photo of the crown wall at the bottom). Cornices were large also. Other teams out on the buttress routes and of course Dorsal Arete!
Photos - Right, Dave trying to find purchase on the final pitch. Below, tight chimney wriggling.

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