/ SCNL Today (Friday)
Snowlevel about 700m, but wet, becoming dry and mid-shin depth just below the coire bowl level. Drifts up to mid thigh in places, been coming in on strong Westerlies, some slab building. Rock seems to have had a good snow plastering on westerly aspects. Very very little ice about, lochans all still visible. Broad and Forked Gullies are complete but lean, could be interesting. Snow is deep in places but footsteps generally all the way to the ground. Was still snowing intermittently when we left at 5pm.
I wouldn't go near the gullies. They may be "complete" but it will just be powder-covered rubble. How were the buttresses looking?
Loaded with powder. Not much frozen turf around at 800m where I was climbing. Photos here of other stuff in Glencoe
Imagine Dorsal will "go" but in early-season condition, ie watch out for loose blocks!
> Imagine Dorsal will "go" but in early-season condition, ie watch out for loose blocks!
Loose fridges more like, and that was mid season!
I only said they're complete, didn't say they'd be fun... ;)
Had a wander up the N Ridge of Sgorr Dearg today (Ballachulish Horseshoe). Snow level seems to have dropped a lot overnight, good cover from 600m upwards and plenty big drifts along the ridge. A cracking day out on a nice ridge and off the beaten track....literally...it felt more like jungle training at the start than hillwalking!!!
Watch out for those loose blocks on Dorsal!
Onlyahill - duly noted!
Yeah defo don't go near Twisting Gully if only for the reason that you would much enjoy it when it is in condition.
I recorded this last jan and conditions were brilliant.
Climbed Dorsal, with a variation on the last pitch involving an interesting roof/chimney and a tricky crack! (Anyone know what it was/grade?)
Very deep powder from the coire floor up, snow from very low down, made the approach very tiring indeed! After a good thaw/freeze I'll defintely be getting back up there for some harder routes!
Was the chimney just left after the 'dorsal'? If so I think it's an unnamed Grade III finish, from memory.
Left of centre, on the tower in this photo?
I've done that variant with a small amount of consolidated snow/ice and thought IV,4. I remember thinking it could be easier or harder dependent on build-up.
Don't be admitting to that now. If there's one place I'd never climb on dubious turf it's the Lochan - too much scope for tombstone blocks being dislodged.
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