Sunday, 5 January 2014

Not pleasant conditions in Glencoe.

Aonach Eagach looking inviting but we know it this weather it would not be easy
Today I was out with Connor and Ginge from Limerick Mountaineering Club and we were unfortunately tied to climbing in Glencoe.  With a deteriorating forecast we knew we didn't want to hang around but a swift ascent up into the corrie didn't save the day.  On arrival to Stob Coire nan Lochain, one team decided to give it a miss and turned back but we pressed onto Ordinary Route on Central Buttress.  Unfortunately it wasn't to be today.  The first pitch was mainly unconsolidated snow, and alot of it at that.  Underneath the snow exposed summer conditions,  everything that was loose was wobbling, turf wasn't frozen.  I got to the top of the 1st pitch, dug around for the abseil tat around the block...the block lifted out!  So I created a new belay, brought the lads up and then abseiled off.  So if anybody wants 3 wires then you know where to go! ;)  Ill buy anyone a pint who returns them!  After abseiling off we made our way over to the Zig Zags and descended these is the rain.  Unfortunately we never hit the freezing level and couldn't see any signs of it above us.  I wont be going to Glencoe tomorrow that's for sure.
She won this time!

True warriors, will return for another battle!

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