Sunday, 27 March 2011

The Runnel, Spiral Gully and Fiacaill Couloir

Ron and I went into Coire an t-Sneachda today to climb some gullies. We didn't quite get the dry day with light winds that we were expecting but it was a good day to be out all the same. There were a few flurries of snow as we started up towards the Runnel where Ron decided to climb the left hand chimney at the top. There was a little rocky step then good ice followed by a snowy arete to the plateau. So then we headed down the Goat Track to Spiral Gully which by this time was clear of other climbers. Some more nice ice in the lower and upper sections and all too soon, we were back up on the plateau! The wind was beginning to pick up a bit more so we quickly went back down the Goat Track and off to Fiacaill Couloir which Ron thought would be sheltered from the wind! Soft snow on the approach and more great ice in the couloir itself and back to the plateau and down the Goat Track yet again. As it was getting late we set off for the car park getting back just as it started to rain. Ron had the helmet camera with him so video from him to come and photos too here in a little while.We watched folk abseiling down from Red Gully and Goat Track Track Gully....! We also saw the loose rocks being dislodged in that area! There is good climbing to be enjoyed on the right routes!!!

I picked up a wire that was lying on the snow in Spiral Gully. I would like to return it to its owner so if they could email me with a description and provide a stamped addressed envelope, I'll be happy to return it.


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