This early Easter is more like winter than spring.

2nd April 2018

It felt very cold on the tops today. In this period we have had no new snow but there was a shower or two yesterday mid-afternoon. Isolated pockets of wind slab persist but in general it has bonded well to the older frozen snow pack. It was feeling a bit survival-ish on the high coire rims even although I was wearing all my nice SAIS Mountain Equipment and Gore tex clothing. As I walked out from my observations and snow profile circuit I met several groups enjoying the more sheltered paths in the glen.

Liatach, looking on to the Northern and North-East aspects, Coireag Dhuibh Bhig, Stob a Coire Laith Mhor and part of Coire nan Caime. These are exciting and remote winter climbing venues and are still well frozen.

Lots of happy walkers, I often meet the instructor (Andy- first on the left) in the Cairngorms. It was great to see him here in Torridon. I had just come down from the high coire rim behind. There is a climbers “short cut’ or perhaps ‘long cut’ path up and down that way as a quick access/egress to some parts of the Tripple Buttress climbing area (Coire Mhic Fhearchair). Local climbers use it depending on what sections of the crag they are climbing on. It is a serious path often hard to locate on descent in the winter and not really  a place for beginners.

Liathach from near the Glen Torridon road, it never fails to impress me.

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