Sunday, 8 March 2009

NORTH BUTTRESS, BEINN AN DOTHAIDH





























It was another really wild winter mountain day again here in The Highlands. Mike and Andy were on their second winter mountaineering day with me. We headed over to Beinn an Dothaidh and had an excellent day on the wonderful North Buttress which leads directly to the summit cairn from the corrie, giving over 300m of steep ground at grade 1 in places. There is lots of route choice for easier ground but today we stuck mostly to the steeper iced crags which were iceing up nicely in the colder conditions. It was a cold day with constant snow showers and spindrift in the strong Westerlies. There is a lot of windslab in the easier gullies and cornices are looking a bit scary and fragile right now! Very poor visability all day and near white out on the summit area. It was hard going breaking trail on the decent back to Achallader from the bealach with showers and spindrift in the face all the way down. Great day and well done to Andy and Mike, they did excellent in the tough conditions this weekend. They are training for a planned ascent of Mont Blanc in the summer.









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