Mad March – Redux

28th March 2013

(Above) ‘Oui, Oui’, Creag Dubh crag by the A86 nr Newtonmore at 3.30pm today. 

The end of March and still cold enough for Oui, Oui to start re-forming. Was very cold last night with the same temperature at valley level as near summits (approx minus 6 degrees, give or take). The weather’s been this cold for a couple of weeks now, in fact bitterly cold at times. ‘Oui, Oui’ is, well,..wee, weeing…in the picture and will freeze up again, but as you can see it’s a definite no, no for climbing. (The last time I put a picture of this ice route in marginal condition on the blog someone went to try and climb it and a 5 tonne chunk fell off on to them. Please give it a wide berth for the time being!)

(Above) The Post Face. Coire Ardair. Ice a-plenty. 

All signature ‘Meggie ice routes in prime condition though reports of brittle ice in places. Lots of scoured snow-ice, especially the top of the Post Face, but localised areas of new and older windslab in places on N aspects, more extensive on NW and W aspects – care required.

(Above) Pinnacle Buttress with Smith’s Gully prominent and part of Raeburn’s Gully visible.

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