Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These Conditions Reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

A rare calm day took Keirnan, Louisa and me to Stob Coire nan Lochain, home to some of the best mixed climbing on the west coast. The walk in was very pleasant, a little warm but dry. We climbed Crest Route on North Buttress, a fantastic climb on which every move is a winner. There were many teams climbing Raeburn's Buttress, a couple on Twisting Grooves and Dorsal Arete.

We did get a bit of fresh snow fall during the day and there were a few small avalanches in the coire. The gullies are best avoided still but there was a good bit of firm snow around. The neve on Crest Route was very helpful but the fresh snow covering everything was not!

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