Based in Aviemore, The Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland.
Gary Hodgson runs Tarmachan Mountaineering, providing instruction and guided walking all year round. This is my regularly updated blog including the latest snow conditions in winter.
Saturday, 23 January 2010
John and I headed to the West side of Aonach Mor today and climbed Golden Oldy. This grade II winter climb is a nice route up to the summit of Aonach Mor and on the quieter side of the mountain, although there were half a dozen teams here on this western side there are plenty of routes and we soon had our route to ourselves. There is excellent hard snow lower down and all the rocks are rimed, a soft layer of snow on top of frozen turf or old snow with some fresh windslab high up from yesterdays showers and high winds. We were in cloud most of the day.