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.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Fresh snow fell last night above 700m and continued today in showers with falling temperatures. It was nice to see the crags covered in a fresh coating of snow today, especially this afternoon in the sunshine. Paul and I climbed Ledge Route to practice all sorts of winter climbing skills such as placing ice screws and snow anchors, taking coils and moving together on rock and snow ridges, climbing ice and abseiling off a snow bollard when we went down Number Four Gully.

There was about 40cm of fresh snow on the scarp slope in Number Four Gully which did not seem to be to slabby but we saw a big pile of avalanche debris under Moonlight Gully on the way back down the coire. There was certainly some spindrift in the gullies!

Mega Route X, Mega Reve, Gemini and The Shroud are all good to climb still as well as The Curtain, Italian Right Hand, The Cascade, Vanishing Gully and many more. Ice seems to be forming everywhere in the coire!

Around in Glen Coe, Ali, Greig and Charlotte climbed Dorsal Arete on Stob Coire nan Lochan which was not so busy for once! It was quite windy on top and well below freezing by the end of the day.

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