Its been another week of snow, hail, fluctuating temperatures and very high winds. I managed a day out on Aonach Mor Wednesday which was good even though the winds were stronger than forecast and closed the Gondola service making for an extended walk down. I bumped into Paul and Blair who had an adventurous day skiing on the heather before retreating to hot cups of tea and toasties in Paul’s luxury van.
After reports from Mike about ice forming on the West face of Aonach Dubh, Kev and I fancied a look at No.6 Gully. So today made the effort of breaking trail to the base of the route with high hopes of ice underneath the blanket of snow we could see from the road. The initial pitch was simply steep mush with no ice under the snow at all. We soloed up the first pitch a little in the hope the steeper it got the firmer the snow would become, instead we just sank further. There is ice forming on the face although its going to take a bit of freeze/thaw to make things enjoyable.
At least three other teams were heading in the direction of B Buttress and I expect onto Pinnacle Face. Mikes blog has surely sparked interest in this route as its a good option under high avalanche conditions. Overall the weather was superb, glimpses of blue skies with the occasional burst of snow and wind but nothing to deter from a good day on the hill.