A few valiant attempts were made (well, my partner and I tried anyway) but after getting blown over by the winds too often for comfort (didn't fancy getting completely blown off the route), we retreated so it turned into taking the ropes and gear for a very snowy, windy ramble instead. I know, I know.... must try harder.... ;-)
In reply to Norrie Muir: No, sorry Norrie. Too windy for me - I don't like flying through the air at high speed, scares the heebie jeebies out of me! So, stayed low and paddled in streams instead. At least I have done some winter climbing this year though, so I don't feel too guilty! C-:
In reply to Norrie Muir: No sorry, I wanted to play with spiky things but as Caralynr says it was blowing gale force winds with snow and hale for that, managed to lose my helmet in the gale as well, while under the bubble, it was as experience though, will not take the Scottish winter weather for granted.....
i was there for a week recently and only got 3 proper climbs done (backed off 2 others) and did a day of mountain biking and indoor ice climbing (yes i know i will burn in hell for that one) so i sympathise.
In reply to Mita:
Yeah I think with Scotland very often there is something you can get done it's a question of moving about a bit to where the best conditions are. I know for a fact people were out Saturday in cairngorm also and although it was quite windy it wasn't as bad as forecast and routes got done.
In reply to Norrie Muir:
I thought it was too scary for me to climb in the immediate area. And I didn't fancy any sort of drive to the start of a climb - I can do that any weekend from home. For me, the attraction of staying in Glencoe is only being a 5-30 minute drive from the hill.
So I did a couple of walks, and enjoyed it.
As for the hosiery, I don't have any pure red socks, but I have some with a rather fetching red trim...
In reply to CurlyStevo: Yep. We went up the righthand side of Mirror on some mixed turfy slabs, then up the mirror for a bit, and then straight up the gully above which I reckon was about III/IV in the conditions - lots of rotten snow and powder. Definately a good giggle though. Have no idea what the route was called and it doesn't show up in the guide. However its such a blindingly obvious line that somebody must have done it... also had a look at the III to the right of Patey's but decided that the little step at the beginning of Patey's was sufficiently thin so as to cause my mate a world of pain and backed off...