Monday 22 February 2010


Euan and I went to Stob Coire nan Lochan today on another stunning day. We were going for a look at Crest Route but it looked a little black so we opted for Innuendo (V,6) which neither of us had done before as it looked shaded and potentially icey (we'd been told it needs ice). The route was great fun with just enough ice to make the distinct lack of gear feel less of an issue. didn't feel hard enough for Technical 6 but gear was too poor to warrant IV so we reckoned that it felt about V,5 today.
Post holidays the Coire wasn't too busy, only 1 team on Dorsal, a team on Scabbard and Chimney Route, a group coming up Broad Gully, a pair on Forked Gully and a group working on snow anchors across the coire.
Another corker of a day. But watch out for the enormous surface hoar crystals (saw one the size of a jam jar lid today) being buried by fresh snow over the next few days and causing an instability in the snowpack. Working on Ben Nevis tomorrow.

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