Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Sunday, 13 January 2013

13-01-13, Coire an Lochain, Cairngorms - Winter Climbing

Pitch 2 of Central Crack Route.
It is winter again in the northern corries. Rime forming all over the Lochain, a fresh dusting of new snow last night is drifting in places. Plenty of people out today some teams on Savage Slit, The Crack and The Couloir.  Matt and I climbed Central Crack Route - good steep cheeky first pitch, then more steps on the second pitch. Conditions are good for mixed climbing, the great slab had plenty of patches of old snow to weave up to the base of the routes, but if more snow arrives it will be all buried and probably dangerous. We noticed plenty of wind slab forming in the hollows.

Winter is back! Rime up high, frozen ground everywhere.

Number 4 buttress.

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