I was out with John today who is keen to extend his experience of Scottish winter routes and gain some knowledge on leading climbs for himself. We chose Stob Coire nan Lochan as John hasn’t been to this part of Glencoe in winter and there are some classic climbs to get under his belt. After seeing some mental pictures from a mass ascent of Broad Gully last week, thankfully the crags were not as busy today. There was allot of snow about though which meant John got to tap into the knowledge you need to get around the hills safely in winter. Some other folk were not so lucky, as we heard of a team that got avalanched out of the top of Twisting Gully, an area we had observed there to be a huge cornice drooping over the exit slopes. I don’t know the full story as the incident so wont speculate on here.

Initial pitches of Dorsal Arête

Initial pitches of Dorsal Arête

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Dorsal Arête (II) was as popular as ever, but still had plenty of scope for John to build belays and even get a wee shot out front as we pulled over the top. unfortunately we had to scoot under the final arête as there was a team making extremely slow progress, but looked to be enjoying themselves nonetheless. The winds didn’t materialise but snow fell on and off all day, heavy at times too.

It was busy at times!

It was busy at times!

Nearly there....

Nearly there….

up and over!

up and over!

Raising awareness

Raising awareness

Happy days!

Happy days!

We seen other teams on Central Grooves, Spectre & Crest Route all looked to be in smashing condition. More snow tomorrow and a bit blowy by the looks of it!

A team on Central Grooves, the crags looked to be in top condition

A team on Central Grooves, the crags looked to be in top condition