/ UKC Cuillin Conditions report 22 January 2013
The crest has a good covering that varies from rock-hard to (more often) semi-consolidated powder in drifts; about knee-deep or so. Most worrying is traversing on the flanks.
Climbing conditions are amazing, particularly on the mid-level cliffs. New routes this weekend included Branching Gully (IV) on An Dalliad, a line right of Waterpipe (III), Dyke Gully & Buttress (V,6), Far from the Crowd (IV), South Crack of Caisteal a Garbh Coire (IV,5) and Vixen Groove (V,5).
Possibly the greatest epic of the meet was Dave Fowler's 50m space "walk" along the glacis above the Cioch Slab. Totally banked out and reaching the end of the rope he then had to hope Ally would start taking the rope back in as he came back!
Drinking conditions are ideal too:)
Fine pic there Mike
Reminds me of a truly excellent winter traverse 20+ years ago
Any thoughts on ridge traverse conditions from Sunday onwards? I know it might be a little to early to say but I have a week and a half off work and good partner options for time off. (may be able to go from friday onwards if need be)
Thanks for emailing me conds a few months ago, sadly work got in the way...
No Dice for thursday but could get the friday nightshift off i reckon. Looks crap over the weekend though. Have to leave it and hope for next week I guess
Another great picture Mike.
Not heard yet but would be surprised if there wasn't anyone on the northern end too.
Interesting shot of the Cioch area showing the mad quantities of snow- http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=212158
There were 6 people in Coire a'Ghrunnda!
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