/ Beinn Udlaidh today

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peebles boy - on 09 Dec 2012
Conditions: shite.

Seriously, nothing's in at all on the hill, the thaw has been a bit more aggressive than suggested. There's ice on QS and a lot on the "Pan" etc area, but it's thin and running with water. Even Central and West Gullies are incomplete. Sunshine Gully looks to be the most complete route on the hill. There's a fair amount of ice still on Organ Pipes, but again, very wet. Best ice and turf were on the walk in....

Shouldn't take much to get things going again, and forecast looks like it might do the trick. Lots of water running to freeze up, lots of turf exposed to get solid. Fingers crossed...

Gordon
Scott_vzr on 09 Dec 2012
Thanks, conditions from the actual areas always more welcome than suggestions of conditions !
Paul035 - on 09 Dec 2012
In reply to peebles boy:

Aye thanks for posting, good to know
yer maw on 09 Dec 2012
In reply to peebles boy: aye was always going to be a bit of a gamble today. Though the highest routes might have been a better option for you, even then probably the easier gullies only in. On the plus side its building well and the week ahead adding to it so a positive outlook.

I had hoped to get out today for my first winter climb of a few years but didn't look worth it and got all my good ladies birthday and Xmas pressies intead. It was that or a round of golf! I've come far in life!
Milesy - on 09 Dec 2012
I was going to Udlaidh today but decided against it after the last few days anyway. Dont feel so bad for lying in now.
IanMcC - on 09 Dec 2012
In reply to yer maw:
Golf! <splutter>
Good to see ye back, mr maw
Chris Perry - on 10 Dec 2012
In reply to peebles boy:

Did Ramshead gully on Saturday. Waist high snow on the approach, the mountain was definitely thawing though, pitch 2 was more like climbing an icy waterfall. Got drenched! although..probably shouldn't of been just been wearing a softshell..
mark turnbull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to peebles boy:
Has any 1 been up this week ? Thinkin of going for a look tomorrow ,, Any1 fancy comein along give me a shout I will be leavin Edinburgh about 6 if am going , should get a climb in
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to mark turnbull:

Looked at Fahrenheit 451 and Salamander Gully on Creag Coire an Dothaidh yesterday. Both are just there but looked thin and desperate and not fully formed. I would say they are a reasonable indicator.
mark turnbull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:
Mmmm not really
jonnie3430 - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to mark turnbull:

I climbed good but thin ice on the NE corie of Beinn an Dothaidh yesterday, so would imagine Beinn Udlaidh is in, but a bit thin. I think the info is a bit redundant though as the weather tomorrow is poor for climbing and the conditions for Sat and Sun will have changed after tomorrows weather!
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to mark turnbull:

Why? It is in the same area. Roughly same altitude. Both are driven by snow melt / drainage and things were thin just a few days ago?
jonnie3430 - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:
> (In reply to mark turnbull)
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> Why? It is in the same area. Roughly same altitude. Both are driven by snow melt / drainage and things were thin just a few days ago?

Creag Coire An Dothaidh is South West facing and Beinn Udlaidh is North facing. I've been waiting for Fahrenheit 451 for a while now...
mark turnbull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to jonnie3430:
Yea I've been waiting a few years for Fahrenheit 451 as well ..
If it comes in this season you fancy it??
mark turnbull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to jonnie3430:
Think I will head up ,, might catch a easy route with abit if ice on it before it gos
Thanks for the info
Mark Bull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:

> Why? It is in the same area. Roughly same altitude. Both are driven by snow melt / drainage and things were thin just a few days ago?

Not sure: maybe Creag Coire an Dothaidh is more reliant on snowmelt to produce ice. In Dec 2010/ Jan 2011 Udlaidh was in good nick but F451 barely formed at all.
LakesWinter on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Mark Bull: I think this is true - it was the same in Feb 2010. Farenheit 451 needs a couple of weeks of cold and stormy weather I think.
Jamie B - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to mark turnbull:

Pretty blowy tomorrow (southeasterly I think), and it's been snowing today. Watch those exit slopes!!
mark turnbull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Jamie Bankhead:
Cheers Jamie , I will do
jonnie3430 - on 14 Dec 2012
In reply to mark turnbull:
> (In reply to jonnie3430)

> If it comes in this season you fancy it??

Aye, but am away early Jan to June, so will probably not make it...
sam_owen41 - on 30 Dec 2012
In reply to peebles boy: anyone been up recently?
AlH - on 30 Dec 2012
In reply to sam_owen41: Nope but it needs several days of concerted freeze (rather than the series of wee freezes and mega thaws we've just had) at lower levels to come in. I'd be surprised if there was anything in now.
Milesy - on 30 Dec 2012
Was up The Brack today. Wet snow and rain everywhere. Not an ounce of ice anywhere. Water torrenting down off the hills including looking across to almost the summit of The Cobbler.
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sam_owen41 - on 30 Dec 2012
In reply to peebles boy: fair one cheers for the info!

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