/ Ice, SE Scotland

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NottsRich on 23 Jan 2013
Hi, can anyone recommend any easy ice gullys/falls that form 'near' to Edinburgh? I have one day free on Sunday this weekend and don't want to do a 6hr round trip to the Highlands so would be keen to explore closer to home. Even to just have a look at recommendations that aren't necessarily in condition this weekend. A heads up on any areas worth looking at would be much appreciated. Thanks!
KeithAlexander - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to NottsRich:

Short easy ice falls sometimes form in the big gully on Ben Ledi, and on the hill above where the burger van parks on the right hand side at the top of Glen Ogle (entrance to forestry tracks), there are sometimes short ice falls, visible from the road.
Gordon - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to NottsRich:

Check out the Moffatdale section in the Lowland Outcrops guide, pg 210 or thereabouts, there's some real gems in there that only come into condition now and again. However, looks like a thaw setting in on Friday/Saturday, and most of the Moffatdale stuff is low lying, so could be stripped quick. Plenty snow down that way mind you, if all else fails some easy gullies might be an option (keep a wary eye on avalanche conditions though, away from the gullies/icefalls this is grass hills country and there's not a lot to anchor a snowpack in place).
Interested to hear if anyone's been up Broken Cleugh, Mirk Side (opposite the Grey Mares Tail) this winter - went up a few times in the last few years but it seemed like all the water had gone the last time I was there - lots of ice everywhere else, but it was all but dry!!!

Cheers,
Gordon
Milesy - on 23 Jan 2013
What about the ice fall on the castle rock? Get the headtorch out for a night time ascent ;)
NottsRich on 23 Jan 2013
Thanks all, some good starters there. I hadn't considered Moffatdale so might venture down that way on skis for a look see.
Mark Bull - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to Milesy:
> What about the ice fall on the castle rock? Get the headtorch out for a night time ascent ;)

...and a good lawyer - it's not called Breach of the Peace for no reason! :-)

Mark Bull - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to NottsRich:

There is a mention of a grade III gully in the Campsies here (as well as the big grade V icefall): http://christophersleight.com/pictures/2010/01/cold-climbing-going-local/
jonnie3430 - on 23 Jan 2013
In reply to Mark Bull:
> (In reply to NottsRich)
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> (as well as the big grade V icefall): http://christophersleight.com/pictures/2010/01/cold-climbing-going-local/


That is way fatter than it was a year later! https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/63649_10150367675975445_1122047_n.jpg
Robh101 - on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to NottsRich: Heading to Beinn Udliadh on Sunday. forecast and conditions look good
Fat Bumbly2 - on 25 Jan 2013
Don't forget The Dreepie!
rnotman67 - on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to NottsRich: Hi there, there are quiet a few easy routes in moffatdale, some of the guides have been copied from the southern upland book to here on ukc. Broken cleugh was complete on wednesday although the guys on it said it was a little thin but still took a couple screws. Theres also firthope falls which could be in but not checked yet. Also dobs linn at grade III.

Notters.
drmarten on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Robh101:
What forecast are you using? I wouldn't call what MWIS are putting out as good even taking into account the lower height of Udlaidh. The air temp at Tyndrum is currently 1.1 degs, Dalmally 3.1 degs and it's not daylight yet.

http://trafficscotland.org/map/googlemap/index.aspx?type=16

Good luck anyway, I'm just jealous as I've made other plans for this weekend.
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Robh101 - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to drmarten: I was using the Norweigan website www.yr.no, usually pretty accurate.But that was a couple of days ago, probably changed since then.

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