Wednesday looked OK, well, just ‘OK’. With that in mind and wanting to make use of Davie’s last day before he fly’s out to Italy we decided to have an early start Thursday and a quick hit in t’sneachda. If you haven’t been in the Coire lately I can tell you allot of the routes are buried. The likes of Stirling Bomber for example just aren’t there at the minute, the chimney looks to be filled with snow both old and new. However, we pretty much had the place to ourselves which meant our quick option was an ascent of The Genie (V,7) on Aladdin’s Buttress. No moves of Tech 7 today but a pretty serious lead with just 7 bits of gear on the entire 100m route, we thought more like V,4 given the conditions. By the time we were down other teams had arrived and were on Pateys (looked deep), Original Route, Doctors Choice and the Lamp. The only other teams not on Aladin’s were climbing Invernookie. Loads of other people learning, teaching or playing about on the twin ribs and thankfully nobody in the gully’s!

Was a good day to be a second, easy climbing and no scary run outs!

Was a good day to be a second, easy climbing and no scary run outs!

Hard won gear seems to be the norm at the minute!

Hard won gear seems to be the norm at the minute!

Full goggle day

Full goggle day

Plenty of people on Aladins Buttress

Plenty of people on Aladins Buttress

One thing for sure is that it was a real Scottish day out with mammoth amounts of spindrift coming from all directions. I even wore goggles for the first time in about 4 years as I have finally found a pair that fit and don’t fog up exactly when you don’t want them too! Couldnt ask for more fun in the snow than today though, sometimes its just good fun to get battered by the weather in Scotland…….