Three snowy days in the west highlands
Over the last 3 days I was working on the west coast with the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. Ken, Ian and myself were taking members of the team out for winter climbing training.
The snowy weather and conditions that have characterised this winter persisted this weekend. Fortunately it was less stormy than of late.
On Friday I climbed Dorsal Arete in Stob Coire nan Lochan with Matt and Emma. Matt was keen to lead so he lead much of this route. I don't think I've seen the 'dorsal' quite so snowy ever before and the top was surprisingly steep with a slight cornice.
On Saturday I was out with Colin and we had a great day climbing Castle Ridge on the Ben. Lots of snow on the route except for the crux which had some tricky moves on some cruddy snow ice.
Yesterday I took Matt and Colin up the south west ridge of the Douglas Boulder which has become a well travelled route this winter. There were folk on NE Buttress and Observatory Buttress. One team got up the Curtain while one team opted to back off it. We also saw and heard an avalanche coming down North Gully.