Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Saturday, 19 February 2011

18-02-11, Glen Coe - Winter Climbing

A slightly cloudier and warmer day today. Initially Dave and I drove to The Buachaille but thought the buttresses would be far too black to consider a winter ascent. We had noticed on the way through Glen Coe that there was snow half way down West face of Aonach Dubh. We walked up the initially grass slopes the climbed the line of Dinner-time Buttress, II. After topping out it takes you to the base of Stob Coire nan Lochan so we nipped across the east descent slopes and climbed Pinnacle Buttress Groove, III (photo right) - which despite being short 60m it is a very interesting and atmospheric climb. The freezing level was probably 700m but rising, buttress were riming up.

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