Ken: It was a glorious day in Glencoe today, and all of our teams were out making the most of it on the various ridges in the valley. I was out on an introductory winter climbing course. We climbed the atmospheric and imposing Sron na Lairig, along with a couple of other teams. Conditions were quite mixed, from useless icy slab sitting on, but not bonded to, dry rock to well consolidated snow. Some of the turf that’s been insulated is still quite soft and wet in places, but all easily avoidable.
Steve was out with Anne, Nick, Mark and Brendon. They made an ascent of the North East Ridge of Stob Coire nan Lochan, followed by a decent of Broad Gully. They reported plenty of teams climbing in the corrie, including 15 people on Dorsal Arete and a couple of teams on Twisting Gully and Raeburn’s Route.
Dave had a fantastic final day with Killian and Brian. They finished their 3 days with the Glencoe Classic, Curved Ridge. After all the recent traffic on there, the route is in good condition, with a good track and useful, compressed snow.
Finally, Matt had his team leading on School House Ridge.
Long may these conditions continue!
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