Gearr Aonach and Beinn an Dothaidh

Yesterday I was out on the Zig Zags in Glencoe which lead to Gearr Aonach. After the first ‘Zig’ all the ramps had good snow. After we finished the route we traversed Gearr Aonach and descended back to the bus via Stob Coire nan Lochain. The buttresses were white. Things however have changed rapidly overnight.

We drove through Glencoe today on the way to Beinn an Dothaidh. There has been large amounts of snow loss which will have put a number of the buttress routes out of condition. On Beinn an Dothaidh we climbed Emel Ridge. There was some ice around, still a good quantity of snow and the turf was frozen above 750 metres. There is still large amounts of snow in the easy gulllies. Avalanche debris was visible in Central Gully.

The North East Face of Beinn an Dothaidh at 12.30pm today. West Gully is in the middle of the photo.
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