/ Recommend me a Grade I route in Cairngorm
Party of 4 heading up to Aviemore weekend of 15th with fairly minimal winter experience. Hopefully 2 days walking before the 300 mile drive home.
We have done various winter walks in the Lakes and Number 4 gully on Nevis last year on bullet hard neve (solo'd). We have one walking axe each and Grivel G12's plus harnesses and summer climbing rack.
Depending on snow / avalanche conditions between now and then I'm looking for a recommendation of which Grade I route in Sneachda or Coire an Lochan.
We didn't rope up for Number 4 last year but one of our party has said if we do something like that this year she would like to pitch it......so a grade I with good gear - or is that asking too much?
We have summer scrambled Fiacaill Ridge - is it much of a step up in winter condtions?
Or should we just stick to Goat Track and a stomp across to Big Mac for a good day out?
Appreciate you don't know our skill level, and conditions make routes different day to day, but really just after a better idea of the 'novice' routes from people well frequented with the area. A poor chap was killed on Alladins Mirror last month so guessing that's not one to aim for as a first-timer?
The Fiacaill ridge is an excellent winter route however and the difficulties and exposure can be varied according to taste when you get on it, it'll feel like a proper day out. Most of the tricky bits are avoidable and there shouldn't be any loose stuff. Its quite a good place to try and practice climbing and moving together roped up.
Low in that aspect at the moment. Check again tomorrow.
> A poor chap was killed on Alladins Mirror last month so guessing that's not one to aim for as a first-timer?
He was soloing and didn't have a helmet on. Not passing any judgement on that but if you're roping up you should be safer. It gets climbed all the time and is fine in good conditions.
Protection can be hard to find on Aladdins Mirror so may not be the best for a first timer.
Aladdins Couloir seems favourite for our skill level but will research the rest.
My first trip into the Corries was brilliant. Soloed Fiacaill Ridge, went on to Ben Macdui, and returned back over Cairngorm. Great day out if conditions are good.
Thanks again for all the help.
Just back from a cracking weekend in Aviemore. We had a great day on Fiacaill Ridge and got to scratch up the new Fly's I invested in before going.
Was very busy with everybody avoiding the gullies, we had to wait about half an hour before the crux, but had a good banter with some guys from Bristol so no harm. Walked out in blue sky and sun.
We had a look at Alladins from above and watched some guys skiing down but decided the lower apron looked too loaded and with the weak hidden layer decided to leave it for the next trip.
I've posted a pic from the ridge showing conditions, you can see it on my profile.
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