28th December 2010 Rampant

Craig climbing Fiacall Coulior
Euan climbing Rampant (Craig Mclaren collection)

Craig and i were out today on Fiacall Buttress in the Cairngorms. The corrie was very quiet (probably due to the 60mph winds and the forecast thaw). The conditions in the corrie just now are still very very wintry. The climbing on Rampant was in great condition with good neve and excellent turf. But, due to the quantity of neve, finding belays or protection cracks was desperate. Warthogs today were useful.

The harder routes in the corrie are all white but will be difficult to protect. There was some windslab on the apron approaching the route and also on the descent from the col to the north of Fiacall Buttress.

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