/ The Aonach Eagach conditions
Curved Ridge has an avalanche prone bowl in the upper reaches that faces approximately East.
Snow Level: 2000ft ft Vertical Runs: 1600ft ft
Lifts Operating: 6 of 7 Available Uplifts
Last Update 01/02/2013 at 09:43 am
6-8" of fresh snow on lower slopes, nice on the groomed line but a bit heavy off it. All middle slopes are open. Upper slopes have a good cover of wind packed snow on an icy base with the odd icy patch.
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Photos of LAST Saturday)
There will probably be a hard crust somewhere in the snowpack as there was a thaw to all levels tuesday this week
info is greatly appreciated - weather looks promising ---- good luck----j
Partnerless today so went along the aonach eagach myself. Cracking day-even got the sunglasses out for a bit.
Conditions on the crest were ok. Although, I got slowed down a bit cleaning and trail breaking. A mixture of some half consolidated snow and bits of powder with not much helpful ice/neve. Also noticed quite a bit of localised windslab on the way up (particularly easterly aspects). There was some avalanche debris on the east face on second last hill (cant remember the name).
hope that helps
We were on Curved Ridge yesterday - a party ahead and a party behind so I don't know if you were among them. Everything perfect apart from the snow :-) It was unconsolidated most of the way up the ridge and it was a rare find to get a decent neve axe placement. We diverted into the gully on the right near the top and found the climbing in there to be the best of the day. The snowbowl at the top did look loaded but we avoided this by remaining on the broken ground on the right below Crowberry Tower, the gully up to Crowberry Tower Gap was fine and the snow above to the summit was good. We also descended via the ridge to the west of Coire na Tualich, I've been meaning to try this descent route out and glad to say it's tucked away now for future use if required. It was good to get out before the weather takes a turn for the worse, here's hoping it's all settled down again by next weekend.
Glad you enjoyed your day as we did, I've a photo of the pair of you in the gully, if you send me your email address I'll pass it on.
Thanks, much appreciated! Great day to be up there.
Haha, yes it was a cracking day! Not sure which group your were but ive got a few distant photos of people on various bits: if your interested just email me.
I was feeling lazy down near the Clachaig, stuck my thumb out and the very first car gave me a lift all the way up the glen to the carpark! Made my day:)
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