Friday, January 06, 2012
Zig Zags, Gearr Aonach...
Today was the first of a few days with Dave and Steph who are keen to do some mountaineering style routes. Sadly, a delayed flight into Glasgow last night meant that we opted for a slightly shorter day today.
The Zig Zags I, on Gearr Aonach fitted the bill for a shortish day but giving a good opportunity for a bit of a ropework and winter skills 'shakedown'. We carried on up the ridge into Coire nan Lochan before descending to the car. The snowpack was wet in the corrie but with a freeze overnight should bed down nicely for the long term.
Ben Nevis is pictured from yesterday (05/01/2012) to show conditions before the thaw. The ice lines of Hadrian's Wall Direct and the entry to the basin on Orion Direct are visible. However, I suspect that this is very much superficial at the moment.