/ southern highlands turf routes mid-week?
I was walking up Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh yesterday. I found pretty much all surface water was frozen above 750m, the turf around the summits was pretty firm if not totally solid, and it was -2 at 1000m. Reasonable sized cornices on north facing gullies. Hope that helps.
Thank you that is useful.
Does anyone else have any other info or willing to take a guess on whether buttress routes will be in condition in a few days?
It all looked very white from the road this morning.
The turf was, quite surprisingly, frozen on the N Peak Cobbler today. If this weather, overcast, snow continues, good to go I reckon.
Snowed down to road level along the A82 last night from the Coe as far down as northern loch lomond. The wee hills just north of Glasgow look white in the sun (from my dreary office window). Turf was fairly frozen up very high in kintail on saturday, and the freezing level and snow line has now dropped and being slightly east should be colder. So with a few more freezes you might be in luck...
I take it the south facing routes on the Cobbler stripped in the sun today?
I'd be interested in this too if anyone has any updates on conditions in the Southern Highlands - anyone been out today?
Was it sunny further south? Not so in Kinlochleven.
Blue skies in weeg, Cobbler south facing routes may be in if there was cloud cover further north, but I have an alternative esoterica planned for tomorrow!
Hmm, I wonder if the Bridge of Orchy corries will be worth a look.
I doubt Creag an Coire an Dothaidh, but the NE Coire should be good.
I reckon it'll be alright, although approaches could be hard work. Heading for Dothaidh today so will update later.
Dothaidh was good today. Not as snowy as I'd feared and turf mostly excellent.
Here's a bit more info: http://www.applemountaineering.co.uk/2013/01/15/kings-for-a-day-messiah-beinn-dorain/
Surprisingly given all this discussion, there was only one other soloist in the Corrie yesterday, and Rich and Ken had Socaich to themselves.
Looking at your picks it probably was VII.
I did it fully iced. I couldn't see your corner...it was an ice curtain, although still thin at thye top. On that day VI, possibly tech7 for pitch 1 hand traverse. You should go back for the ice, I suspect it will be a different route.
What a great crag! The thinness of P3 balanced out the route nicely. I think both of us were expecting a straightforward pitch, which it wasn't. I wonder if anyone has investigated going through the fierce steep ground to the left of the Messiah start to then link up with P3? Beyond my capabilities I think.
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