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.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The rocks in Glen Coe looked really quite black this morning as the gentle thaw of today took hold. With strong winds forecast and some rain too David and I went for North Buttress on Buachaille Etive Mor. This is always an enjoyable climb and today was no exception. It was also a brilliant introduction to the world of torquing and tweeking with axes on rock for David. There was some good ice in the chimney higher up and lots of ice in the easier angle ground above the steepest section of the climb. Coire na Tullach also has plenty of ice as well as a very helpful glisade (AKA bum slide) all the way down into the gorge. Bring on the cold weather and let the ice grow!

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