/ Quick Question: NE Coire of Beinn an Dothaidh for tomorrow.
If not, any other suggestions for routes in SW Highlands for a quick blast tomorrow that don't need frozen turf? (I think Cobbler is black.)
Step away from the tools pilgrim....bad venue choice, a sea of turf, Cobbler the same, play the game.
I'd echoe what Quagmire has said; don't think it's been cold enough for long enough. Getting there though...
Does anyone know if the lines in Ben Cruachan Crag are rocky or turfy?
2nd what LW says, you won't get up Monolith Grooves if the turf isn't solid! (and it's a bit run out...)
I had a look at it on Sunday and the buttresses were black, there has been snow and frost since then, but I don't think enough.
Primarily rocky (granite cracks) though reliant on turf here and there. Was walking up that direction on Sunday. Though a lot of snow under foot suspect the crag itself will be ok. Could be a good choice tomorrow depending on your route. I would be a little wary of the descent gully mind you with all the snow but you can drop a rope down easily enough.
Crackin video, cheers.
The Merrick should be in by the weekend if it keeps up, almost all are best as pure ice routes no need for snow or turf. Nearer to Glasgow than Dothaidh as well.
Cheers John, I may come down for a look on Mon or Tue.
I think Coire Chat, Cruachan, would certainly offer something. However a quick blast, it is not!
I notice your based in Troon, I'm in Stevenston, we should hook up sometime (possibly even this Sunday).
It's been far too sunny for the Cobbler and not enough snow for N Peak.
Whereas Right Angled Gully Direct V,6 has no turf and North Rib Route V,7 offers a possibility in less than frozen conditions! Recess Route is one of the finest mixed outings (anywhere) and should only be attempted in frozen, very snowy conditions, for maximum enjoyment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Am keen, but on the Ben Saturday and Sunday. You about Monday to Friday next week?
The new 'path' to get to the railway crossing at Dothaidh is rank.
> The new 'path' to get to the railway crossing at Dothaidh is rank.
Is this new since the Scottish Winter Climbs guidebook? Is the description below still accurate?
"Approach: From the Achallader Farm car park (NN 321 443). Walk around the barn opposite the house, then go through a gate to reach the moor. Above the farm cross the railway by a bridge. Follow the west bank of the Allt Coire Achaladair for about 1hr towards Coire Daingean, then head diagonally right to pass under the end of the north ridge, aiming for a small cone shaped hillock. Enter the subsidiary corrie under the cliffs (4km, 1hr 30mins)."
You can't park at the farm anymore. There is a locked gate on the track to Achallader Farm near Loch Tulla and a new car park has been put in about 200m from the A82. There is a diversionary path which bypasses the farm. I asked the access officer and the MCofS back in August for more information and whether the new path was regarded as suitable alternative access. They didn't know about the change and were going to contact the landowner. I haven't heard anything further.
You should still be able to walk through the old carpark to access the right of way but maybe not to get to the corrie.
Yup, it's just a mowed route through the tussocks, and very boggy. Well-frozen it wouldn't be too bad, but I can't see it ever becoming a viable path unless some work is done on it.
I reckon you can still follow the route in the book, but you need to park much further back.
That's a shame. I don't know what the previous agreement/obligations were, but I'd always assumed that the landowner was fairly welcoming to hill-goers given some of the signage and so on. Right enough, the car park was pretty close to the house though.
Hopefully Hebe will be able to find out some info as to why there's been this change.
Hebe has left the MCofS and someone else is doing the job. It would be worth asking again in case the enquiry hasn't been passed on.
The farmer there has been fairly welcoming every time I've encountered him. I don't know if there has been a change of ownership or they are tenants and not owners but I haven't been aware of any problems, having said that the car park was close to the house. The new path doesn't sound too good although it shouldn't take too long to get back on the original track at the railway.
Bump. Just looking for any tips re current conditions in the Southern Highlands? Thanks.
Or Glen Coe?
Thats it, just as abywell says. Not really a suitable alternative, one of those ones that will just get wider and wider and boggier and boggier !
Ho-hum, we cant have it too easy.
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