Monday 15th December

I was out today with Davy Virdee on Cam Chreag (Meall nan Tarmachan). The cloud was in on the approach and we initially climbed a route thinking it to be Lozenge Buttress; in our defence the shape of the buttress and the bounding gullies fitted the description. However, as the climbing was too easy, the route was too short and it brought us out just east of the Meall Garbh/Meall nan Tarmachan col, we descended from the col and located the correct Lozenge Buttress and climbed that. The first route gave an easy, but hard to protect 100m, II with a suggested name of Rhombus Buttress. Lozenge Buttress gave good climbing on generally solid turf (which felt fairly steep for the initial 50m) and fairly deep soft snow. Definitely a place to take warthogs as these provided most of the runners and belays.

Snow down to the Ben Lawers visitor centre on our arrival. It felt below freezing all day above about 700 to 800m. Some fresh snow and transportation on a SW wind (enough to partially fill in our approach tracks). Turf was frozen hard where exposed. A light drizzle was falling by our return to the car park at about 4pm.

There’s a couple of photos over on Davy’s site Mountain Active Blog.

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