/ Aonach Eagach Conditions
was looking for a conditions update for sunday.
Not been up there but heavy snow here in Glencoe on sunday night, monday and then all of last night. The hills are looking pretty plastered.
Out of date but a couple of nice photos from last Saturday
We took five hours in good winter conditions and weather, which we regarded as slow, due to mild hallucinations en route, we didn't have a rope, and the time may be given for those who use a rope.
I think you should rephrase the last line of your post to 'no wonder people get benighted if they take more than five hours...'
We also took much longer than 5 hours, in similar looking conditions. I suspect that it's a lot quicker with good neve rather than soft powder.
Try it this weekend and you may take a bit longer?
Used the rope to protect the pinnacles, and then abseil down a steep biut shortly afterwards.
I think the main thing slowing us down was there were 5 of us and we kept waiting for each other, the way you do when not in a hurry. The weather was good (so lots of photo stops) and we got to the final summit before dark :-)
Disagree; "scratchy" conditions will always make it slower. Good neve is the ideal, but rarer than one might like.
Some people like to use a rope, as it makes them feel safer. Don't think this neccessarily equates to "too much"
What is this "guidebook time"? I've never seen it stated or suggested. Car-to-car? End-to-end?
I once did the Skye ridge in about eleven times the guidebook time! To make it worse, I didn't even apologise!
My point was that much over 5-6 hours is a slow time, and therefore I thought Toreador etc were using the rope, which he has confirmed he was with 5 people and stopping for photos, so taking his time enjoying a good day, and obviously then a slow time.
If your taking much over 5 hours suggest you keep off the pies!
A quote from my SMC guide says,'5-8 hours seems fairly typical in good conditions for an average party. Where a competent party might quite happily solo. many would prefer to rope up and should not be embarrassed to do so.'
Nothing wrong with using the rope, but obviously if you do you will be much slower, which was my original point.
I've just checked my report and it took us about 12 hours :-)
What camera did you use by the way, my Sony keeps over exposing in bright snow whatever I set it at?
I think 4 of us soloed down that but, the 5th was more sensible :-)
Despite being good weather, and during the Xmas/New Year holiday, we were the only people doing the traverse that day, so no incentive to go any quicker. Downside is that we were breaking trail all the way.
It's a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2 (quite old - I think they're up to about TZ25 now). There's a 'snow' setting which is mostly pretty good.
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