10th February 2019

It was a beautiful day to be out – fairly windy to start with especially on the col and up the ladders – but perseverance paid off and the winds eased slightly and the summit shroud lifted. It’s full winter conditions out there with the ice and refrozen snow starting well down the mountain –  The track up from the Spittal of Glen Muick via Allt-na-Giubhsaich is holding quite a lot of ice  – However this wasn’t stopping kids in their trainers from making their way up it this afternoon in the sunshine… It was great to see the crags looking so good after the recent thaw. The snow finishes have all steepened up but there are no large cornices to deal with at the moment – just the odd section that is slightly overhanging.

Full winter conditions on the tops. Well equipped walkers making their way to the summit of Lochnagar, Cac Carn Beag (1155m).

Lochnagar in full on winter mode with Beinn a’Bhuird and Ben Avon in the background.

Much steeper snow finishes to the routes now, a little overhanging in places but no large cornices.

All the rocks are plastered at the top of the crags. A great day to be walking around the rim of the corrie.

The top of RH Black Spout is well filled in but still easy angled. One climber was observed making fast progress up it this morning.

Looking down RH Black Spout – not ideal for skiing yet – looks a bit thin around the narrows! A single line of footprints across the pristine snow…

Left Hand Black Spout is looking a lot steeper than a couple of weeks ago but still doesn’t have its classic nasty cornice…

The top of the routes are well filled in now.


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