Cold, blue sky days

8th February 2007

Bellevue Buttress, Pinnacle Buttress, the Post Face, The Window.

It has been cold and clear for the past few day with very little snowfall. Underfoot conditions are rock hard in many places where there is old snow. Neve in easier gully lines is good, as is the frozen turf but ice build up is still pretty limited (see below) but it is forming.

More detailed shot of the Post Face

The resolution of this image isn’t bad so if you click on it you’ll get a more detailed view. The bottom end of Last Post isn’t really there at all and the first pitches of the other Post routes are broken or well above grade.

Carn Liath plateau at around 900m

The plateau cover survived the last meltdown but is now rock hard. It consists of major patches that you could link on skis but you’d have to be a die-hard to want to schlep your gear to this altitude (and don’t forget your harschiesen). Descents would be teeth-chattering.

Pretty picture looking SW down across Loch Laggan

All in a day’s work!

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