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Slow consolidation making winter climbing conditions challenging still

Jan 13, 2016

The decent amount of fresh snow on relatively light winds is still making conditions challenging. Ice is being slow to form on the steeper ice routes and mid grade snowy mixed routes are very time consuming digging out protection and belays. Best bet is almost to climb a route thats been cleaned if you dont mind the ethics factor!!

Skiing today on Aonach mor, Morwind and Stirling bridge were climbed, Ken reporting awkward conditions on Morwind. Looking across to Ben nevis you could see teams on No3 Gully Buttress and also the top of Green Gully.

Indeed, the mid grade classic gully routes which depend more on neve that true ice are probably a good bet at the moment but beware of isolated pockets of fresh windslab. With the light winds it can crop up just about anywhere.

Still really needs a good thaw followed by a freeze to give stellar climbing conditions but ridges and mid grade gully lines and very steep mixed will all be ok at the moment.

Aonach Mor with a team on Stirling Bridge.


Looking accross to the top of Ben nevis.


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