Wednesday 17th December

Out on Cam Chreag (Meall nan Tarmachan) again today with Pamela. The weather was pretty wild and we decided it wasn’t a day to be hanging around on belays; so we headed up the easy Grade I gully bounding the left edge of Rhombus Buttress (the buttress Davy and I had climbed on Monday in mistake for Lozenge Buttress). This is the first gully east of the easy descent gully from the Meall Garbh/Meall nan Tarmachan col.

The route gave a very pleasant easy Grade I with a nice narrow left hand finish up the left of the small central buttress at the top. If it’s not been done before the suggested name is Cauldron Gully. The old snow was solid after the thaw and minor refreeze and gave plenty of scope to review axe belays, bucket seats and step cutting with Pamela.

Snowing on and off all day on a strong west then south-west wind with fresh snow depositing in sheltered areas. Freezing level rising during the day with snowpack becoming moist, and turf softening up. We were back to the road by 14:30, by which time it was wet sleet at road level and thawing fast below 700m.    


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