20th January 2011 Ewen Buttress

Gayle exiting Ewen Buttress.

I returned to Coire an Lochain (Cairngorms) today with the Falkirk High Tops Team. Gayle, Paul and I climbed Ewen Buttress. The route was in good condition with useful neve at the crux bulge. The distance between the first belay and the good block belay above the crux bulge is about 50m so worth not using too much rope in the anchor.

Other teams were seen at the begining of or on, Sidewinder, The Vent, Milky Way, The Coulior and Prore. A number of teams backed off hard mixed routes (excluding Prore) due to heavily iced cracks. Some routes have very large cornices to contend with.

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