We planned for a nice easy day climbing a few routes on Aonach Mor’s east face. Jetstream and left-twin. The forecast was rubbish, starting off okay but quickly turning into zero visibility with 30+ mph winds (Just on the threshold to keep the gondola open!).



We decided to head off easterly after the gondola station to descend into the crag at the north end from the climber’s col.



We eventually got up to the col after one hell of a walk traversing the slope round on the east side of the ski centre and was met with ferocious winds and zero visibility.



The descent down to the crag looked very sketchy and in the teeth of the wind, not being able to see where we were going; we decided to make a plan to top out and head down easy gully instead to climb a route on central buttress.



We quickly realised there was no-where good to belay from and the overhanging cornice was enormous. After several futile attempts by both of us to hack a hole in the cornice, exhausted we decided to call it an early day and retreat back out of the wind and cloud/mist to the relative safety of the ski centre.

Watch the video HERE. *Only short due to lack of filming in bad conditions*

Author: Starting Point

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