Friday, December 26, 2008

Concrete Neve In Coire an-t Sneachda

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day Ben Wyvis.

Well we had a quick dash up Ben Wyvis yesterday, before Christmas Dinner, and it made for a lovely start to Christmas Day. Becky and I shared a mince pie on top!

Today after a year of pestering, I finally got Becky out to do a winter route! The snow in the Northern Corries is absolutely concrete neve. The easier gully lines are full, with rock solid snow ice, and the odd patch of water ice here and there. Ideal sport for an easy day, we left the carpark at 10:00 am, and the Coire was busy with 3 other teams! All doing the Runnel! Becky and I did Central Left Hand, which had a bit of ice to play on just before the cornice on the top pitch.

Ice Shocker in Coire an-t Sneachda. (central left hand)

Just informed Becs I forgot the Mince Pies!
Becs on the top pitch.
New Self Arrest technique displayed by Becky.
Aladin’s Mirror was complete, as was Goat Track Gully. Red Gully looked good as did the Runnel, Spiral and Central gully. Crotched gully needed a small step to be avoided, but otherwise was complete, if you want a day of easy fun then all the major gully lines will keep you busy. The buttresses could all be climbed as rock climbs, so you really could have a mixed bag if you fancy it.
Aladdins mirror direct.Anyway we had a fun day, back home in time for the family boxing day tea too.

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