It was mild on top other than the breeze. The Trig Pillar is somewhere under the snow, the 3 cairns that mark the change in bearing at the top of Gardyloo only just visible but none of the others were. No sign of the No.4 Cairn, just some footprints that disappeared over the edge and some large cracks a few feet back. Almost all of the Ciste Gullys seem to have avalanched in the last 24 hours and people were lucky to escape without more injuries when No.4 went today (well done LMRT again). Solar warming is still taking its toll of those cornices- watch out!
We walked down chatting to Sam and Tony from Jagged Globe and at the Red Burn one of the last of the many teams to ascend Tower ridge today said the snow was getting very soft at the end (we watched several avalanches today caused by king sized bed sized plates of ice peeling off steep walls on the Great Tower in the sun- one swept part of the Eastern Traverse).
So nice to feel the sun all day rather than glimpse it through a rapidly moving cloud. Softshell all day and I sweated!
Lots of pics today- and they are worth it!
Coire na Ciste
Folk heading in to Coire Leis and the toe of the debris field in Observatory Gully
Starting up the first pitch
Ice has plated off sweeping the Eastern Traverse- fortunately no-one was on it at the time
JJ at the top of pitch 2
Adrift in a giant snowfield
Jon heading out of the snowfield
Bag with a view
Sunny summit shot 1
Under this mound lies the summit trig pillar
The door into the summit shelter and the wind scoop around the base
Sunny summit shot 2
Looking out SW
Cornices still building slowly
Monster mega cornice between No.2 and Raeburns Easy
No. 4 after todays cornice collapse. Spot the footprints that just end AND the cracks