Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Saturday, 19 February 2011

17-02-11, Stob Ban, Mamores - Winter Mountaineering

Ben Nevis from Mamores.

Tuesday, Kath and I went for a jaunt down to the Southern Highlands to try and climb on The Cobbler. The East and West highlands were swamped by deep snow, and unfortunately for us so was The Cobbler! The 1hr approach turned into 3hrs and the mixed routes were buried under useless powder snow. Will have to return with harder snow pack and colder temps.
Today I went up Stob Ban on the Mamores and ascended the North Buttress via the East Ridge, which is about grade II. A few short steps of interest and enjoyable scramble mountaineering ground in between. Some other teams were hovering around the base of Central Buttress but didn't appear to climb on it. The grade I gullies would have been climbable, but the grade III+ gullies looked thin and hard. The mixed buttress lines had snow on them and would probably provide a good day.
Northern slopes of Stob Ban.

The Cobbler Bellach.

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