Wednesday 16th March Glencoe

Both Euan and I were out in Glencoe today. Euan climbed North Buttress on The Buchaille with Graeme and Sharon reporting good conditions.

Ian and I climbed Ordinary Route (or something approximating to it) on Summit Buttress, Stob Coire nan Lochain. This gave an interesting route with a finish on the summit. Conditions here were fairly variable, with a fair bit of clearing of crust and powder required to expose solid ice/snow. Exposed turf was well frozen, but some of the buried turf remains soft.

Ian belaying with approach trenches in the background

There’s a good trench in to the coire and Dorsal Arete, Raeburn’s and others were being climbed.

Stunning views from the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochain

A beautiful day with wall to wall sunshine, this was causing some sun wheels and sloughs and care is still required with route choice. Southerly winds were moving spindrift around and a few minor spindrift avalanches were seen.

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