Thursday, 31 December 2009
Curved Ridge and Happy Hogmanay
Today Gill and I took Gareth, Ed, Sarah and Jenny to Curved Ridge on the Buachaille today. they were looking for an introduction to winter mountaineering and climbing and we had a good day on the route with only one other party around. We took the little ice step in Easy Gully near the fork off to Crowberry Gully but it was thin and a little cruddy. Above that we kept to the ridge until we were able to make our way around the left side of Crowberry Tower with care. The snow in Coire na Tulaich was limited to a narrow band of slabby snow in the gully at the top (this gave good walking sticking near to the rocky edge). I'm out again with this team on Saturday.
Today we could see plenty of obvious scouring and further strong winds until about 1400 were continuing to redistribute snow (mostly into our faces!). There was riming on the cliffs above about 900m. Our descent was mostly in a flat calm as the wind died at all levels.
2009 has been a great year- my first full year as a freelance Mountaineering Intructor. Many thanks to all the clients and companies that have employed me and the partners I have climbed with. It has also been an amazing start to another busy winter season. Role on 2010 and I hope anyone who looks at this log has a safe and prosperous year. Al