Friday, January 06, 2012

Zig Zags, Gearr Aonach...

The temperature shot up today resulting in a damp day on the west coast of Scotland.

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.

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