Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Fiacaill Buttress in excellent condition this Tuesday morning! This photo was taken from the Mess of Pottage area where we were climbing:At Newtonmore this morning I woke to warmer weather and the ice on the drive way had all but thawed away. At Cairngorm car park it was +3 degrees but the snow in the corie remains well frozen and the approach paths are still very slippy with ice. The climbing is superb, but there is a lot of fresh and windblown snow covering the ice and frozen turf. This is especially true for Northerly aspects. It was Stephen's last day climbing and he had a plane to catch from Inverness in the afternoon. Hidden Chimney on the Mess of Pottage is a handy short route for such days and as you can see from the photos, it's in good climbing condition although the easier gullies, traverse lines and scarp slopes are suspect. Technical buttress climbs are in excellent condition.