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Winter mountaineering in Glencoe

Dec 29, 2013

Winter mountaineering today with Bristol University. We went up the NE ridge of Stob Corrie nan Lochan today which is a great outing when conditions are like they are. i.e high avalanche risk and lots of snow. We made a few observations during the day. The freezing level fell slowly during the day to around 750m. Some good riming of crags above 900m (see picture below.) One adventurous team was on Unicorn, which must have been hard going as the crags were plastered with soft snow. There was also a team on Ordinary route and a couple of teams on Dorsal. The snow pack was fairly consolidated in the main although the upper reaches of the main gullies looked to have a lot of unstable slab in them.

We had the ridge and the summit to ourselves although we saw several several teams walked into the corrie and then turned back. 

The plasterd crags of SCnL


Looking up the great NE ridge, a fab mountaineering day out.


Rime and ice on crags at around 900m


Category: Winter