After a few false starts, Sunday dawned with a blanket of recent snow and the plan was The Seam but a late check revealed, 'West is Best', so Craig and Mark headed for the Coe. Scabbard Chimney had apparently been climbed on Saturday and had potential.
Early start and two VERY near misses with deer on the road in Glencoe saw a still 'nervous' pair heading in to the Hurt Lochan. An early pair ahead of us and a pair of youthful whippets passing us on the way saw 2 pairs with eyes on Scabbard Chimney; tbh, it looked very thin, with soft snow and no ice. Probably a tad too committing for the guys in that condition.
Summit buttress was very black and central buttress looked better. Raeburn's Route looked fairly white and the pair headed off from the luncheon stone. Craig takes up the story;
|SCnL cliffs - Central Buttress|
All in, a most enjoyable day but, to be honest, we don't think winter is quite here yet. The snow has just been laid and is pretty homogenous; there is a crispy top layer after the freeze (-5'c on the way up) but a decent freeze thaw cycle is needed to provide some useful snow, ice and neve.'
|Aonach Eagach ridge|