/ creag a'choire etchachan conditions 28th
Turf bomber, cliff white. Red chimney lower pitches not fully formed. Climbed the corridor, with one ice pitch but thinnish once in the groove above the cave.
right angle gully pillar well formed but access pitches not looking great, pillar would be harder than V,6 though.
Overall looks better than it is, thin ice in grooves is crud.
Shame; it's been dry for too long now. Snow blowing about counts as dry.
Far from dry on the West today!
Did you come in from the north? What is ice crux on Sticil face looking like?
It had formed with a large umbrella at the top which made it look hard but of course can't say for sure as we didn't do it.
> Did you come in from the north? What is ice crux on Sticil face looking like?
Yes but couldn't see into the corner on Sticil from our approach.
Red Chimney had plenty of ice on the upper section but the initial chimney would have been mixed. The main reason we decided not to do it as a mixed pitch was the heavy verglas from the rain the night before.
All in a good day out but not the nick we were hoping for.
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