I was out with John, Mike, Billy, James and Simon from Falkirk Community Trust today. The day was originally programmed as a ski-mountaineering day, but with the snow loss over the weekend we figured we’d be carrying the skis a long way, so we opted for a winter climbing day instead.
We headed up in to Stob Coire nan Lochan and climbed the classic Twisting Gully, which was in very good condition with first time axe placements wherever required.
After the weekends thaw, buttress lines were still looking fairly black although there’d been some fresh snow, which was generally small accumulations in sheltered locations. Older snow had refrozen well at crag height. Turf was well frozen. Not a lot of ice around and things like Twisting Gully Right Fork and the ice pitch on SC gully looked very thin or not there. Light Westerly winds today with cloud above the summits and no precipitation.