Lochnagar

5th March 2022

It was great to be mostly on the surface of the snow walking in – only breaking through occasionally – this made for a fast approach walk. The cloud was part the way down the cliffs first thing this morning but it did lift later giving the full view. There were a few parties in the corrie but it wasn’t particularly busy. There is definitely more unconsolidated snow in Lochnagar than other locations recently visited – some of it isn’t particularly stable either. It isn’t deep or extensive but I was definitely working my way around it today, sticking to more consolidated areas.

Weather forecast looks good for tomorrow  – Potentially less cloud and more sunshine than today – Winds will be lighter first thing – picking up after lunch – Early start looks a good option.

Looking across to Central & Shadow Buttress, Eagle Ridge and the bottom of Parallel Buttress

The Early Birds: These climbers had themselves established on their route before anyone else arrived under the main cliffs.

Ice visible on West Buttress

Looking up the top half of Raeburn’s Gully – bit of a cornice up there…

Looking down Black Spout

Some small cornices around – Not the usual Lochnagar Monsters!

Eagle Ridge & Parallel Buttress area.

The sun catching Beinn a’Bhuird this afternoon after the cloud started to lift

The tors on Ben Avon looking very white.

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