Thursday, 13 March 2014


Terry enjoying the winter environment
Bruce climbing on the north face of Cornice Chunk

Not much action here
Nearing the top of Windy Col
Two folk climbed Alladin's Mirror today 
Looking into Alladin's Couloir
Father & son team Terry and Bruce were out with me today for some winter skills. The last time we were out together which was just before Christmas we were blown over and pelted by ice at 500m. It was a completely different experience today. Light winds and  milder. It stayed dry all day and the cloud lifted above the tops at times. We walked into Coire an t-sneachda and went through some axe and crampon technique near the start of Alladin's Couloir which was looking tempting with an excellent cover of snow but still with threatening cornices at the top, despite a route through on the right. Our chosen route for a journey was up to Windy Col, passing by the now well photographed and documented chunk of cornice from a recent  collapse below the area between Mess of Pottage and Alladin's Couloir. Pretty amazing, wouldn't have liked to been passing here when this came trundling down the coire floor.We had to do it - climb it and get the obligatory photo. The plateau area still has ice despite the milder temperatures. An excellent effort from Terry on his first outing in winter

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