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.
Monday, 29 March 2010
SUMMIT GULLY & WEST BUTRESS-STOB COIRE NAM BEITH
Fantastic weather and snow conditions returned back today. Overnight low temperatures had frozen the snow pack after the recent high temps. George and I went down to Glencoe and climbed Summit Gully (I/II) on Stob Coire nam Beith, well that was the guidebook grade until we came to a large cave/chockstone looking a bit blank and steep. We then decided on having an adventure and crossed over to the West Buttress on the right of the gully and found some II/III ground, great snow condtions through out, everything solid. The weather was fantastic with clear skies most of the day, some high cloud late afternoon. From the summit we went up to Bidean then Stob Coire an Lochain, saw no one all day on the hills. Quite a fair amount of fresh snow on the ridges and cornices have grown a bit since last week. Winter is certainly not over yet with forecast of at least a couple of very snowy days to come on Tues & Weds. Keep them axes and crampons at the ready and be safe out there-high avalnche forecast no doubt over the next few days.