Beinn Udlaidh

John and I went to Beinn Udlaidh today with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors climbing team of Patricia, Doug and Gregor. The east side of the coire was looking quite banked out and had sizable cornices, so we stayed on the west side. John and Patricia climbed Doctor’s Dilemma, which had some soft snow but also lots of climbing on good ice. Doug, Gregor and I climbed Tinkerbell on good ice; a short line over two ice steps at about Tech 4 circa 100m right of Tinkerbell and a two pitch Grade II snow/ice gully line immediately left of Tinkerbell.

Gregor and Doug above Tinkerbell with the banked out/corniced eastern sector visible behind.

Sunny in the coire all day and this lead to a number of cornices on the sunnier east side of the coire dropping sizable sections in the afternoon. No significant wind in the coire during the day. Northerly and westerly aspects had soft snow and wind slab from the weekend overlying harder old snow. Central Gully, Organ Pipe Wall and Quintet also saw ascents today with the later two both being described as “steep”.

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