Tuesday 9th Decmber

Glenn & I were out on Beinn Udlaidh today and climbed South Gully of the Black Wall. The first pitch was relatively easy, but quite bold as the ice wasn’t thick enough to take screws and the turf off to the sides wasn’t well frozen. The top pitch was in excellent condition with the ice taking good screws. Other routes getting climbed were Quartzvein Scoop and Peter Pan Direct. Ramshead Gully and West Gully still look broken. The approach was fairly easy as there’s now not much snow on the track or in the coire and a crust is forming on the deeper areas. Temperature below freezing at the top of the crag throughout the day with the bottom probably just getting above freezing. No new snow during the day and a mixture of cloud and blue skies with amazing views to Cruachan.

The road down/up Glen Orchy was the scariest part of the day. It’s sheet ice and needs extreme care at the moment. On our return from the route there was a car on it’s side in the ditch at the bottom of the wee hill after the farm. Take it easy on the side roads folks.

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