Today was dry and cloudy with snow showers pushing through. Lots of new snow in Observatory Gully made for hard-going on the approaches to climbs. Teams out on Gardyloo Buttress (Smiths Route), Indicator R-Hand and Hadrian’s Direct. Also Two-Step Corner and Winter Chimney had ascents. The cornice on Two-Step Corner is passable on the right. Bear in mind the report came from a two metre lanky climber! Thanks to Stu Macdonald and Will Woodhead for the details and pictures of Winter Chimney and Two-Step. Reports from Aonach Mor East Face were positive, especially on Morwind.
Plenty of skiers up enjoying the good start to the season out west. Stob Coire nan Lochan in Glen Coe was good, and well frosted up on the buttresses. With the wind swinging into the North-East the Cairngorm may see an improvement in snow cover. However, for the time being the best conditions appear to be over this way.
The snow cover is sufficient for some good ski touring on the Grey corries as well. Plenty of space in the bunkhouse for those of you looking for accommodation this week.
Well done the Arsenal and Liverpool :((