|Over the Aonach Eagach|
|Snow walk in|
|A dubious walk|
We got up asap and set up for the first pitch. Mark took first and me second with the cracks buried or iced up; gear was hard fought and pretty thin in places, compared to normal conditions (what are they in Scotland...)
|Mark on pitch on|
|Craig coming out the chimney line on pitch one|
|Pitch with a view|
There is no neve; a snow crust broke through mostly and the snow was very hard packed windslab or very soft fresh which broke through, so things were constantly hard fought. Notwithstanding, we did have a good time and Mark started up the third pitch, through the initial chimney then partly up the wall but no gear and soft snow brought a sensible decision to retreat and we set up an ab directly back down the route.
|The abseil station - we are not the first...|
60m ropes nearly took us to the car and we got part way down the approach slopes, which at 30 degrees are just at the wrong angle to hang about on. Thankfully we got down to the corrie floor without incident and after soup and a sarnie had a pleasant walk out.
|The walk out|
All in, a great day with some climbing at last. The conditions are not great and the avalanche danger remains high, requiring care and safe travel, with sound decision making. Hopefully some better weather might bring an improvement in conditions to settle things for some more action.