2nd January Coire an t-Sneachda

Out in Coire an t-Sneachda today with B and Pamela looking for a relatively easy day and hiding from the worst of the weather. B and I climbed The Opening Break via the left hand start.

B belaying at the base of the crag in typical conditions for the day

The snow ice on the lower section of the stepped slabby left hand start was fairly unhelpful, which made for some moves on thin hooks and turf blobs. After that the route was in good condition with very well frozen turf and snowed up rock.


Left hand start of The Opening Break


Snowing off and on all day at crag height on a fresh westerly/south-westerly wind with slab forming on lee slopes and sheltered areas/gullies. Turf well frozen. Limited consolidated snow in major gully lines. Some icing, but snow ice from recent freeze thaw not very firm.

Coire an t-Sneachda showing current conditions

Coire fairly busy. Honeypot was climbed and lots of folk heading for routes starting near Jacob’s Ladder.

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