Craig, Mark and Bill chased the weather to Aviemore on Saturday seeking some action on the hill.A chilly drive with snow on the way up saw us head off into the Sneachda in some seriously blowy spindrift...GREAT FUN at last.
With monster cornices a plenty, wind blowing fresh snow from the SW, we looked for a safe option and saw pleasing scoured avalanche trails out of Alladin's Couloir, so we headed for the buttress with the guide book out.
|A very pleasant walk in|
After a quick discussion we decided on Original Route (aka Summer Original Route or Patey's Original Route) It's an excellent line at IV 5 on the day we had zero neve and very little frozen turf.
|A couple of Tarmigan have a chat - plenty of them about|
A quick swap of the ropes between Craig and Mark, and Craig was off up pitch 3. Increasingly steep ground took him to an option of straight up a tenuous crack with a peg just out of reach or a move left onto a platform to think about things. Once on the platform, the route became obvious with the spectacularly exposed traverse on his left. A quick nut in place saw him through; the ledge can't be more than a few inches in places but the hooks give plenty confidence.
|High up at the abseil station|
We abseiled into Alladin's Couloir and down to the bags for some food before a very pleasant walk out.
|Swinging about on the abseil|
|Craig and Mark in the distance, showing scale|
|Alladin's Couloir and buttress|
Craig forgot his camera and Bill left his in his sack so we only have a couple of abseil and ugly mug shots from the day, pity.
|Having a ball!|
|Something to add scale|