Out today with Gary in Coire an t-Sneachda. We headed up Jacob’s Edge with a little excursion on to a bit of steeper mixed ground whilst heading back right to spice things up a little. Not bad for Gary’s first day in crampons.
The old snow has refrozen to very firm snow/snow ice and is giving excellent climbing. There’s a couple of inches of fresh unconsolidated snow making the buttresses look white. The fresh snow isn’t presenting any problems on northerly aspects, but there may be significant pockets on southerly and easterly facing slopes. Ski-touring looked good with the fresh snow on a firm base.
Below freezing all day in the coire. No wind during the day. Crags above the cloud. A glorious day to be out.