Monday 11 February 2008

Le weekend

It was mild and misty in glencoe this weekend and the snowpack was wet and the rock loose. I went with Karyn and Steve to Dorsal Arete on Saturday as they were on a mountaineering course and specifically wanted to look at ropework for a rocky ridge. There was a bit of snow left on the ridge but the number of peope soloing around without a helmet on left us a bit nervous and after a party knocked a big rock off lower down we were glad to escape and find some snow to look at bollards and bucket seats in.
Curved Ridge on Sunday felt a little more solid and Karyn and Steve took themselves up most of the ridge as I scrambled alongside. The ridge was in mostly summer condition but easy gully was snowy down to below the fork with Crowberry Gully, there was a lot of snow around Crowberry Tower and the headwall of Coire na Tullaich was also steep and snow covered. There had been a large (100m long, 50m wide) landslip down into the bed of the gully in Coire na Tullaich burying the deep snow there.
The cold overnight temperatures have solidified things a bit and many gully lines are still holding lots of white stuff and should give good sport this week.

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