Robert is looking to reacquaint himself with steeper ground in preparation for an Alpine trip this summer. Yesterday we climbed Ledge Route without issues so today I thought we’d climb Dorsal Arete and descend the ZigZags for another rounded alpine journey. As it turned out the route felt all too steep for Robert so after three pitches we rapped into Broad Gully and followed Ali’s trench to top of the crag. We then traversed over the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan before descending the NE Ridge. Plenty of snow being blown around and accumulating in deep deposits. We didn’t find any evidence of instabilities but with the strong westerly wind moving so much snow it wont take long for slab to build on leeward aspects

Mixed route starting to look wintry again, lots of icy cracks though…

Ali Rose putting in a good trench up Broad Gully

Last pitch on Dorsal Arete before we rapped into Broad Gully

Great views across the Bidean

The summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan