The Black Plague.

26th January 2018

I can only assume, given the amount of Climbers out today,  that the Black Plague has swept through Aberdeen, somehow affecting only climbers on the best climbing day of the season. Strange.

Actually climbers easily outnumbered walkers today, most of the classic routes having climbers on them. A mix of conditions reported.

Perhaps most impressive was a ski descent of The Black Spout. After this the skier made his way to The Red Spout, I don’t know how he got on.

The coverage on the hills is excellent. Although very firm there would be great ski touring options but it’s all got to survive the upcoming mild spell.


Climbers on Black Spout Buttress (bottom obvious gully) and someone half way up The Black Spout. 

Climbers topping out. Generally the cornices are gone, some steep windlips are left.


Plateau was quite icy. Excellent coverage across the hills.


Walker above crags.


Climbers about to start a steep pitch on Twin Chimney.


For a change it started clouding up as I came down.


Comments on this post

  • Bartek
    26th January 2018 6:38 pm

    Red Spout was good as well. Some icy sections near the top.

    • scairngormsadmin
      30th January 2018 1:24 pm

      Awesome! Well done hope to see you out over the season.

  • Graham Wyllie
    26th January 2018 8:41 pm

    Good chatting with you today. Cheers for the pics!

    • scairngormsadmin
      30th January 2018 1:25 pm

      That day seems a lifetime ago! Getting fed up with the winds now. Hopefully will catch up with you at some point.

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