/ Gearr Aonach Zig Zags
And assuming they're snow free, would the route from there to Coire nan Lochan be ok without crampons too?
The Zig Zags currently have no snow on them at all. Haven't been up into CNL for ages but drove past yesterday and there's still quite a bit of snow in there, which will be really firm now. Might be a bit tricky to avoid the snow patches. Perhaps someone else can be bit more specific. Starting to get a bit more wintery here.
On Sunday 6th there was no snow or ice on the ZigZags. The walk across the top to the Coire had some patches of fairly soft snow, so no crampons needed there. there has been quite a rockfall across the zigzags & I'd wear a helmet in case there are any small bits still drifting down.
It was pretty wet so a frost (which I think is on the way) could put a nice glaze on it.
(the return leg of the circuit was clear to apart from some (soft) snow at the top - which a good frost could change rather)
As I've not done the route before, does anyone have any pointers to find the base of the path? Is it right next to the rockfall in that link? i.e. can I use the rocks as a marker for the start of the trail! Might be cheating a bit but it'll speed our day up if we can find it first time!
Start at about 4 o'clock and go diagonally up left into the centre of the picture along a line at the top of the grass and the base of the vegetated darker tier. Do this until you reach the top of the scree fall coming from the centre of the pic down left. Here there is a big eroded patch of ground and the path goes back right along the top of the darker vegetated/broken craggy tier (with a steep wall above on the left) until a couple of nice polished rock steps (small sapling half way up) lead back up left (fairly obvious when you get there). Keep following a scree covered path on that line past a couple of very small steps at the base of the steep rock wall. There are a couple of options for heading back right; a short steep wall with a shallow right facing corner or a few metres further an easy couple of steps (the second is in a left facing corner (total height less than 10m). Beware a narrow flatter path continues on left from below these where people have drifted too far. After that the route is easier. Enjoy.
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