/ UKC Conditions report Skye 10th March

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Mike Lates - on 10 Mar 2014
Conditions on the crest still very good until midday today. Traverse will be A1 until heat of the day hits so alpinre starts suggested. You'll touch rock south of In Pinn increasingly but clear skies allowed crampons from under 700m today.
Neve finally very good nick for the snow fields so mid-low grade routes pretty good options on higher peaks, again early better.
Have fun, Mike
drsdave - on 10 Mar 2014
In reply to Mike Lates:

Thanks Mike, appreciate the update, please keep posted.
Mike Lates - on 10 Mar 2014
Mike Lates - on 11 Mar 2014
In reply to Mike Lates:
Notes on current conditions with photos from Monday 10th.
http://skyeguides.co.uk/first-pinn-of-the-year/
Mike Lates - on 11 Mar 2014
In reply to Mike Lates:

Conditions not so good today with temps having stayed up about 5deg or so. Took us quite a while over An caisteal with one notable rock step across one of the "jumps". Plenty of steps to follow tho! Going, going.....
Gordon Stainforth - on 11 Mar 2014
In reply to Mike Lates:

Great shots as always, Mike. Have to confess, it seems like another world to me now.
Mike Lates - on 14 Mar 2014
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http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=236267

Very glad to finally report that a rash of Winter Traverses were finally achieved this week, the first and probably last of this very strange season. I suspect that one party suceeded Monday & Tuesday, which was the best window, with a bivvy at Bealach Harta. With a weather meltdown forecast for Thursday 13th 3 teams then all, finally, got their acts together on the morning of Wednesday 12th.
Ian Stewart, Tom Western & Nathan White were first off and nailed it in a single day push- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o84CkJUggtE
Superb footage which emphaisies the quality and huge amount of very fine effort.
Jeremy Morris & partner (Glasgow JMCS) were next off, carrying a tent et al but making it all the way to camp below Commando Crack in Coir' a' Ghrunnda and then finishing off in the damp on Thursday morning.
Francis Blunt & Jake Phillips had an enforced really late start, 9-30am, from the Sligachan but an intimate knowledge and huge great trail allowed the boys to also reach Coir' a' Ghrunnda by nightfall.-
https://www.facebook.com/jacob.phillips.923519/media_set?set=a.10152245761031075.1073741840.70916607...
and https://www.facebook.com/francis.blunt.1/media_set?set=a.10152960452095525.1073741824.517625524&...

Well done to all these folks and thanks for your feedback.
alastairbegley - on 14 Mar 2014
In reply to Mike Lates:

good to hear more people are discovering the magic of a winter cuillin traverse.
Your information was invaluable for our traverse last year and I am sure that the up to date information you have been posting all season helped the parties who completed the ridge over the past few days
Steve Perry - on 14 Mar 2014
In reply to Mike Lates:

> Ian Stewart, Tom Western & Nathan White were first off and nailed it in a single day push- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o84CkJUggtE

> Superb footage which emphaisies the quality and huge amount of very fine effort.

12hrs in winter, that's some going!

ian stewart - on 20 Mar 2014
In reply to Mike Lates:

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your reports, it was just the inspiration we needed to go for it, well worth the effort! Not sure if there will be another window like that again this season!

I have finally written up a wee blog to go with the film:

http://stewartmountainskills.blogspot.co.uk/

Cheers

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