15 December 2012
An early walk into Coire an-t Sneachda, Northern Cairngorms (on fresh snow) with the aim of climbing
The Seam 1V’5. We had scoped this out in our last visit and it looks a cracking line. The guidebook says it's sustained but with good gear.
Craig climbed the first pitch as for Invernookie, but the new snow had insulated the turf, the gear placements were all buried and the neve was non existent. I arrived at the belay and the decision to bin The Seam and carry up Invernookie was taken as the sensible option.
With more snow this route had changed in character from when we last climbed it. Gear was still hard to find and the team behind us were thankful for all our digging.
We topped out into a fierce wind and made a fast and interesting descent by the notch on Fiaciall Buttress.
Great day and some more good ‘early season’ climbing...
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