Friday 13 March 2009

Last day of the winter skills course I have been running for Glenmore Lodge today. The weather was lovely, sunny and springlike. We walked in to Coire an Lochain and across to the twin burns area. We headed up the steep firm snow there onto the icey rim of the coire and round to Cairn Lochain. We saw climbers on Sidewinder and Ewan Buttress and there was a very little riming on the summit cairn. The plateau was icey where the wind (gentler than forecast) was blowing but there was water in the hollows where the sun was melting it. From here we went to the top of the Goat Track and then out along the edge of Coire Domhain to get a view of the crags. I did look down the Spiral Gully, The Runnel and Central Left Hand (all of which had plenty of neve and the last a good bulge of ice). Hell's Lum had quite bit of ice, buried under blown snow at the Domhain end. There were large cornices and evidence of plenty of cornice collapse probably caused by the thaw in the last couple of days. Next we went along the top of Stag Rocks to sit on dry bare granite above Final Selection for lunch. After a lazy sit in the sun we went up over 1141 and back to the car park.

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