Twisting mist

06/03/18

 

From the Glen Coe viewpoint we headed off up the Stob coire nan Lochan path in the rain and strong easterly winds at around 7.30am.

 

 

We were soon out of the wind sheltered by the cliffs of Gearr Aonach. The cloud base was very low and the rain soon turned into snow which dramatically reduced the visibility to poor.

 

 

Higher up on the snow covered path before the lip of the Coire, near white out conditions threatened and visibility was extremely limited with intermittent snow showers.

 

 

To get into the coire we needed to navigate and with visibility reduced to around 5 metres we headed up the coire walls to identify broad gully and traversed the approach slopes underneath the buttress below dorsal arete to identify forked gully and the rocky rib that signals the left of twisting gully.

 

 

We cut out a belay platform and climbed the route on alternate leads. The top two pitches extremely exposed to the wind and very cold!

 

 

After topping out in white out conditions we navigated off towards Aonach Dubh and dropped back into the Coire basin to walk out.

 

 

The route was a good one with an ice pitch for the first, up a twisting chimney that finishes on an arete to a good belay before a mixed pitch to another good belay, until the final ice pitch before the top out. Good neve underneath but fresh snow sometimes an issue requiring a bit of digging in places.

 

 

The weather cleared very slightly walking back down and visibility showed a marked improvement when back on the path. A good day and fabulous route were navigation skills were needed.

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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