Date: 11th / 12 / 2011 My Website: http://www.elements.gb.net
Again well worth the walk over the back to Loch Avon, passing and avoiding the crowds of the Northern Corries. We only met a couple of other teams in an otherwise beautiful, untouched, quiet, awesome Winter climbing venue.
The route was Clach Dhian Chimney (V,5)*, an obvious line through the right hand side of Shelter Stone. The climbing in the first two pitches felt at the top end of the grade, probably due to a lack of good ice on the steep stuff. The route in this condition still made for a superb day out.
There were lots of routes getting done in Lochan and Sneachda today, with most aspects of crags looking very white and wintery. This was the best condition I have seen the Loch Avon crags in since the start of the Winter. Hells Lum is still well buried under a blanket of snow turning to ice but every other crag looked nice and wintery.
I won’t be climbing until the end of this week, so fingers crossed the good conditions carry on.