A shorter day was in order which meant a visit to Creagan Coire Cha-no. Neither of us had been to the crag before but we knew most routes could be done in a single 60m pitch which meant a hard and slightly easier route could be done between us. before setting off we got a bit of beta from Graeme who had visited the crag at the weekend and reported excellent conditions throughout. Today unfortunately, was a different story. Only a couple of routes looked to be in suitable winter nick neither of which were on our ‘challenging’ list but gave a great day out nonetheless. Anvil Gully (IV,4) and Chimney Rib/Route (IV,4) were both climbed in a single pitch and gave enough interest to be fun. Unlike Graeme and Co. who had found a lovely icefall in the Gully we were met with a steep, gravelly and icy chimney followed by a dry rocky top out. The Chimney was much whiter, more buried to be exact with a substantial cornice to negotiate at the top. A cool wee crag and one which will certainly become a popular poor weather choice no doubt.

Dave starting up Anvil Gully with a dry looking Anvil Corner looming above

Dave starting up Anvil Gully with a dry looking Anvil Corner looming above

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