Thursday, 30 October 2008

Crampons donned!

Today as the conditions were proving fairly wintery, Phil and I went for a stretch over the Aonach Eagach (II). This route I have done in the summer 3 years ago, this is a great winter mountaineering route. We left one car near Jimmy Savile's house and left at 0845 arriving back down to my car at the Clachaig at 3pm. Conditions on the ridge were good, lots of powder on the route and also as the temperature was rising, the snow line was receding. Some of the lower cols were now only holding wet slush. In the current condition the turf had not taken a solid freezing so we avoided it as much as possible. The rope and rack stayed in the bag for the whole traverse and there was only one other party behind us who were also making good progress. Great sunny day with some patches of cloud and not much serious wind.

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