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Topic - Cuillin update

Mike Lates - on 11 Feb 2013
After the superb conditions and ascents of the past few weeks wild freeze thaw variation made last week hard to predict but results are potentially great. Skye is on the cusp of temperature gradients but predicted 3 deg at sea-level for most of this week means the climbing conditions are likely to be very good.

Ridge- South facing aspects were just stripped (not too badly) by the thaws so rock exposed but under a layer of powder on Saturday 9th. Also low points stripped then powdered well. Thaw yesterday & refreeze today will have helped but not romping conditions. Traverse possible for strong teams if cold predicted continues & winds stay low.

Routes- Low-grade gullies well banked & should be A1 with chilling this week. Mixed routes not ideal snow but very wintry; needs more wind or hard frost to cement chockstones & old snow.
Lots of ice in place not well cemented Sat/Sun but hopefully excellent with predicted cold. Gingini icicle complete & Icicle factory filling. Lower ice stripped thin.

Old snow slopes will be increasingly serious as they harden so concentration will be needed on even the easiest routes.
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