Lochan loaded

19/02/18

Started out at 07:30 in light drizzle from the viewpoint opposite Gearr Aonach. Lots of red deer grazing alongside the path.

 

 

Walked up in direction of Coire nan Lochan, was soon above the cloud base were no wind made progress sweaty. Snow pack was extremely deep and unconsolidated, at times sinking up to the hips.

 

 

On final hill into Coire front pointed and daggered with axes to help spread the weight to avoid sinking into the soft snow. Arrived in Coire nan Lochan were I attempted to solo dorsal arete. Four avalanches off the corrie walls put me off the idea with the approach looking dangerous on loaded slopes.

 

 

Visibility was very poor with thick cloud and mist, occasionally this moved on and gave breath-taking views into the valley.

 

 

I decided to head up to the Gearr Aonach summit ridge and ascend the South east ridge of Stob nan Lochan. The grade 1 gullies on this slope were all too dangerous, instead I used the front point technique to ascend out of the Coire to a rock band which joined the ridge.

 

 

The ridge was followed with fleeting glimpses of the Lost valley as the clouds parted. After the Summit of Stob nan Lochan, the North west ridge was descended to Aonach Dubh.

 

 

The wind picked up here and drizzle/light rain was short lived. Returned to the basin of Coire nan Lochan down the east slopes of Aonach Dubh. Bum slided back down to path to walk back out.

 

 

Was in the cloud all day some fleeting glimpses when mist cleared but for the most part was bad visibility. No wind at all for most of the day finishing in light intermittent drizzle.

Watch the video HERE.

 

Author: Starting Point

My blog captures a range of outdoor adventure, each from its starting point, giving a first person account to the highs and lows of each exhilarating adventure. From climbing, mountaineering and camping to mountain biking, water sports and endurance type challenges. These are all my experiences brought alive to you through stories, pictures and video. Enjoy!

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