/ Any Scottish mountain multi-pitches in nick??
I was about to ask a similar question - is there anything with a bit of a mountain feel but low enough to be free of snow and liable to dry out if it warms up for a few days next week?
The Etive slabs? I think they were reportedly dry, last week.
If you want multipitch but are not dead set on mountain crags, Polldubh might be a good option. It was pleasantly mild on Saturday, but we were watching the spindrift blow off Aonach Beag.
The ticks are out, though...
Another good call at this time of year can be Garbh Bheinn south wall (possibly low and sunny enough to be snow free although if you approach from NE there will be snow still at the col), the south facing stuff on the cobbler (which I'm not sure about this year yet), Binnein Shuas, Aonach Dubh East Face, Cir Mhor South Face.... etc
If anyone's got any other suggestions for a weekend itinerary I'd be glad to hear it. We've been to Dumfries and Galloway before and that's defo an option, had considered Arran but logistics a bit more involved, and Torridon/Skye might be a bit of a stretch for a weekend...
Cool - Garbh Bheinn and the Cobbler were both on the things-to-do list anyway. For our part we're after fairly easy stuff, and they've both got plenty by the looks of it. How quickly do they dry out?
On a similar note, how long does the Cioch Nose take to get dry? Or is that a no-hoper at this time of year?
I've climbed at all the venues I've listed early rock climbing season as they are fairly fast drying, lowish altitude and south facing (being in the sun at this time of year not only dries the rock quicker but makes the whole thing much more pleasurable).
Aonach Mor East Face is probably the slowest drying venue I've listed although it's not too bad.
I'm not sure on current conditions but West coast the snow level looks fairly high on the web cams (>700 metres?) but Cairngorms look more wintery than many winters and to quite a low level!
generally the further west you go (especially on to the islands) the higher the snow level (but often the more of it!)
Garbh Bheinn dries particularly quickly on the south wall and is also very rough rock.
It's not just the snow, mountain crags are still quite cold and wet for the time of year. I live in Lochaber and I'm not even thinking about going high yet. Best stick to cragging for a bit.
Forecast is for considerably warmer weather next week.
Ah, well spotted - cheers for that. Right enough, that still looks a bit snowy for the likes of Shibboleth and Bludger's Revelation... Garbh Bheinn is an option I hadn't thought of.
Fingers crossed for warmer weather next week!
Just revisiting this thread, for an update.....the what's the latest please?
Heading up next week, and not sure what gear to bring! Rock boots, snowshoes or flippers?
Bring ALL your gear, then you will have the option of everything from winter routes on the Ben to rock jocking the quarries and everything in between.
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