Friday, 31 January 2014
Tuesday, 28 January 2014
|Pitch 3 of the snow field start.|
|Large avalanche crown wall from West Gully past Vanishing gully.|
|CIC hut not quite buried!|
Saturday, 25 January 2014
|On top of the difficulties on Fiaciall Ridge.|
|Mess of pottage, Aladdin's Buttress, Fluted Buttress.|
|Number 4 Buttress, a team on Savage Slit.|
|Top of the Runnel.|
Friday, 24 January 2014
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
|Descending Recovery Gully.|
|Arch Wall buried, slightly NE facing.|
|Plenty of drifting throughout the day.|
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Monday, 20 January 2014
Sunday, 19 January 2014
|Ptarmigan doing their thing.|
|Students doing their thing.|
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Today we have had some filthy weather. There has been some new snow falling and it is being blown on to W-NW-N slopes. We mainly had sleet at around 850m and didn't go any higher, poor visibility and quite windy. It was the first day of a weekend winter skills course. Coire Laogh Mor had plenty of snow from 700m upwards, to practice some essential winter skills. We noticed some cracking underfoot where the new few centimeters of wet soft slab hasn't bonded to the old pack. Higher up it must be worse and probably harder wind slab has formed on N-NW aspects, making avalanche hazard likely on these steep slopes.
Thursday, 16 January 2014
Some more climbing in the northern corries today. Strange temperature inversion this morning, -2 on summit, +2 in Ski car park and -2 in Aviemore. The positive temperatures and rain from yesterday haven't affected much of the snow on the buttresses. Low level snow has depleted, but the crags are still plastered with some unhelpful snow. We climbed on the Mess of Pottage, along with many of teams. Some avalanche debris was a at the base of Jacob's Ladder, probably cornice collapse? We climbed Pot Duddles, not a great route or in great condition, slabby, with some ice hidden under some cruddy snow, hardly any runners. Many other teams on Hidden Chimney and the Direct, Slant, Haston Line.
|Avalanche debris bottom of Jacobs Ladder.|
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
|Top difficulties of Patey's Route.|
Monday, 13 January 2014
|Coire an Lochain.|
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Coire an t-Sneachda today. Windier than yesterday but very similar conditions, arrived at coire floor at 9ish many parties insitu on Patey's Route - looks to be in excellent banked out condition, quite a few teams headed to Mess of Pottage, many teams around Fingers Ridge, Goat track gully, Red Gully. Everything still buried, hopefully there won't be too much overnight snow, will start to make for some interesting conditions.
|Aladdin's Buttress. Patey's route and Doctors Choice well banked out.|
Back to Scotland, straight to the Northern Corries. Snowpack quite stable, hard icy neve crag approach slopes, tiny pockets of fresh snow. The buttress are buried under some very unhelpful sugary rubbish. Many routes massively banked out with vertical just off vertical rock having the sugar. Much digging and boldness is required for most routes, unless they have seen plenty of traffic or easier under such conditions.
|Ewan Buttress Direct start.|
|Buried Number 4 Buttress.|
|Coire an Lochain|