Saturday, 15 March 2008

Sunshine for a (lovely) change!

JP, Alistair and I went to Stob Coire Nan Lochan today. There were plenty of parties out enjoying the sunshine and ploughing through deep snow. SC was reported as a snowy rock climb (as often these days), the bottom of Original Route Central Butress was reported as very soft, Twisting Gully and Grooves as full of soft snow and a little cruddy ice. We kept clear of the crowds and headed up the summit butress taking in 7 pitches of climbing the hardest of which was about IV. The guys did great for their first winter climb as they learnt how to cope with soft cruddy snow on mixed climbs and soaked up the sun. Matt and Laurent were also out sometime to the right of us, then to the left of us. More details and pics of them and the coire at:

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