Euan, Mark, Stuart, Pamela and Wilf went in to Lurcher’s Crag on Monday. Pamela and Wilf descended South Gully on soft snow, traversed across to the amphitheatre and climbed Collie’sÃÂ Ridge onÃÂ rock and soft snow. Euan, Mark and StuartÃÂ descended further south through steeper ground and then climbed Deerhound Ridge.
The approach was well trodden untilÃÂ breaking off from the Ben Macdui path, after which it was breaking trail through dry snow between 6″ and 12″ to the top of South Gully. On return the snow had moistened up with the sun and rising temperatures. The traverse from South Gully showed a lot of minor sloughs and debris from snow coming off the crags above when the sun catches them (not a place to be on a warm afternoon).
The weather was clear all day with very little wind andÃÂ bright sunshine and temperatures on the crag rising well above freezing. Cloud was building from the north towards the end of the day.
Folks out ski-touring looked to have excellent conditions.