Monday 3 March 2008

Lots of fresh snow in Glencoe

Awoke to fresh snow down to sea level coveri ng the roads in Kinlochleven. Karsten and Andreas are on leave from the Danish army in Afghanistan and have chosen to spend their time getting to know a little about Scotland in winter. Yesterday Karl gave them and intro. to winter skills at White Corries ski centre in Glencoe. Today we headed up Stob Coire Nan Lochan and climbed 7 pitches in the area of Boomerang Arete and Ordinary Route at about III,4. It was a sociable day as we shared the summit butresses with 2 parties from Plas Y Brenin's MIC training course and the man I bought my house from(and climbing partner)! There is plenty of deep fresh snow on Easterly aspects and in gullies and hollows and a small loose snow slough carried someone down 20m or so from near the base of NC Gully. We saw other parties in Boomerang Gully, NC and on Ordinary Route (Central Butress). Where the slopes are more scoured there was some reasonable snow around which withstood good pulls from axes. We had some long sunny spells and some short snowy showers and watched large soft cornices growing around the rim of the coire on the way down.

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