/ Highlands conditions at the moment...
Are there enough remaining snow patches to affect rock routes in the Cairngorms - Coire an Lochain, Etchachan, Sputan Dearg etc?
And how bad are the midges in Torridon, Ullapool, Lochaber, the Cairngorms etc at the moment?
Midges are out in Wester Ross in full effect in the sheltered areas, but still fine in any reasonable breeze of course. Forecast for that area isn't great but the wind looks promising for any S-facing crag.
About normal for this time of year. Deadly!
I was eaten alive in shieldaig a couple of weeks ago.
Northern Corries last Sunday, see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.491021640998388.1073741861.124310161002873&type=3
*crosses Savage Slit off the to-do list*
Presumably we're in with a chance on lower and/or less North-facing stuff, though - Creagan a' Choire Etchachan, Coire Sputan Dearg, Hell's Lum etc. (He says, optimistically, not really knowing much about conditions in the Cairngorms.) Assuming it doesn't just rain, that is...
Not been there but Hells Lum and the likes of Clean Sweep normally has snow on the lower slabs and will be wet from any snow melt above at this time of year. Creagan Coire Etchachan usually has a large drift at the foot of Talisman but could be clear? Apparently the Shelterstone cliffs were dry last weekend with folk climbing the classic Extremes. You can still climb but might be worth taking an ice axe and stiff boots for the approaches or abbing in, details on my Facebook timeline, see https://www.facebook.com/TalismanMountainGuides...
Still a fair bit of snow below Hell's Lum last time I looked (a few weeks ago)
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