It was Roberts last day so at his request we took a journey round the CMD Arete in full winter conditions. There was loads of wading and battling with surprisingly strong winds and by the time we got to the top of Coire Leis it was like being in a washing machine of spindrift! We ploughed on up the shoulder onto a benign summit before heading straight down the red burn. A significant thaw is set to take place over the next few days – the end of winter maybe??