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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Dolly Parton once said "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain". Translated for ice climbers it means "If you want the ice you have to put up with a few storms". Well the last few days have been very stormy with temperatures going up and down wildly. On balance it looks like we have lost some ice but over the next couple of days (colder and snowier) we should get some back again.

Have a look at the SAIS Lochaber Blog for today's pictures showing some classic gully climbs still complete but smaller snow fields at their bases.

Dolly Parton also said "Storms make trees take deeper roots". I don't think this means ice climbers should go out climbing in the storms to make them better climbers but it's a nice thought anyway.

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