Saturday, 12 January 2013


Jacob's Ladder
Point Five on the left & Fiacaill Buttress on the right
Looking up Point Five, fab neve
Coire an Lochain
Coire an Lochain
A much colder day again with a frost down at Aviemore and sunshine this morning. Out on the Cairngorms there was much rime ice above 1000m and a windchill so making it feel and looking more like mid January! I had a wander into Coire an t-sneachda and decided on going up the wee gully known as Point Five Gully, just to the right of The Goat Track. There is still much snow in these areas as well as the easier gullies, Jacobs Ladder is complete but Aladdin's Couloir looks broken and thin in places. The snow was bomber and fantastic for cramponing, there is just a wee bit of broken ground near the top of Point Five which made it a bit awkward than usual. Up on the plateau plenty of rime ice. Quite a few folk climbing in Coire an Lochain and there seemed to be plenty of skiing judging by the half full car park. Only a very faint snow shower or two today but looks like the band of snow crossing the Scotland tomorrow will extend right across the Highlands so should be a fair amount of snow on the hills by tomorrow evening. Normal service resumed at last!

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