We climbed No.3 Gully Buttress to give Iain a chance to work on his parallel rope work and this gave Rich and I a grandstand seat as Murdo and Andy(?) climbed Arthur and Ian and Uisdean climbed The Secret. Strong folk around as I did my best just to work of my turkey!!
Our route had plenty of cruddy sonic on it but it was firming up nicely in places and as I say Ice was forming. Hopefully the wee thaws due tomorrow and wednesday wont be too vicious and the freezes before, during and after will just consolidate things nicely for the first week of January.
Also saw folk on Ledge Route, Tower Ridge and the CMD Arete and spoke to a team who had been on the SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder which they reported as unfrozen and loose.
Looking at Ledge Route
The Douglas Boulder
Starting No.3 GB and team on Arthur
Strenuous climbing on Arthur
Ice forming on faces
Looking across Coire na Ciste BLUE SKY!
Core floor still a boulder field
Ian bringing Uisdean up The Secret
Iain mid crux step
The final pitch of No.3 Gully Buttress
Shapes on the Secret
Rich on the last ramp