Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Thursday, 27 February 2014

27-02-14, Hell's Lum, Cairngorms - Winter Climbing

We were starting to develop gills in the NW so decided that even though The Cairngorms are Marks local patch, the weather was going to be optimal and allow us to be more productive. Up at early o'clock drive and arrive at Ski car park at 8am, over the back to Hell's Lum. Deep-cut Chimney in excellent condition, some drippy ice from the sun in the middle of the crag, but deep in the chimney some great icy pitches and a dry mixed climbing finish over the chock stone. Great weather and conditions, snow hard and frozen underfoot almost from car park, some sun and some wind, plenty of views, cornices are still big. A few ski tourers about, a team skied Alladdin's couloir.

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