2 March 2013
Craig and I headed into SCNL on Saturday to see what was left after 2 days of thaw. We had intended climbing the right hand variation of Twisting Gully but with the warm temperatures on the walk in , we knew this was unlikely. I climbed the crux of the original route , which was in surprisingly good condition, Craig led through and I took the final pitch to the top.
We had the coire to ourselves so down climbed NC Gully to get onto Raeburn's Route on Summit Buttress. This gave us 3 pitches of mixed (more rock than ice on the upper sections) before we headed back down to our bags.
The Coire was eerily quiet apart from some teams on Dorsal and Paul from Peak Mountaineering looking at winter skills with his team.
All in a good day but we need a return to cold temperatures ASAP!
The full story here Craig on our Simply Epic website.