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Topic - UKC Cuillin Conditions report 21 November 2012

Mike Lates - on 21 Nov 2012
Despite recent tropical rain & temperatures I can still see reasonable-sized snow patches on top of Sgurr nan Gillean today so crampons strongly advised for any outing in the near future. Anything that has survived the past couple of weeks is going to be pretty solid.

Matt, Beads & Murdo were out last Sunday and reported good conditions on Thearlaich again after a freeze Saturday evening. They opted for Gully C at grade III but found the start just too tight to manage. I think they had missed a report from last season warning about it being a fight- "The screams I heard blown up the Stone Shoot were the audio-aid needed to get through the initial squeeze. Far worse than the hole in Crypt Route apparently and the excuse for no photos was that all pockets had to be emptied."

I've uploaded a crag diagram of BC Buttress on Thearlaich to my UKC gallery that should provide some inspiration at the IV and V level.

There is a cold snap predicted to start early next week so hopefully we'll be back in action soon. I've just added a free down-load of an article on Winter Climbing in the Cuillin to the website- http://skyeguides.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/cullin.pdf
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