Monday, 12 December 2011

The X Factor was missing ...


With "The Rest and be Thankful" closed and Fort William cut off for the weekend due to a landslide, Craig and I decided an Alpine start was required to beat the ‘crowds’ in the Coe. The walk into Stob Coire nan Lochan is tortuous especially in the dark, and with a heavy bag, but in strange perverse way I love it. We arrived at the Lochins in thigh deep snow, high temperatures' and snow falling. Gullies all out of condition had us opt for Boomerang ArĂȘte on Central Buttress. Dan and I had climbed it a couple of years ago so I knew it was open to much interpretation and would go. It did, but only just. Deep unconsolidated snow, turf not frozen and being drowned in graupel had us seek the easier line, and finally move together to the summit to be battered by icy spindrift. Goggles on and light fading we headed off the hill by the East ridge. A great day and VG for the hill fitness.

Meall Dearg

 Craig Following pitch 1
Looking across to Central and South Buttresses of SCNL
Climbers sign language...“This is nuts lets get out of here”
“Agree, LGTF ASAP ...”