Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Coire Sputan Dearg and snowhole trip

On Monday Ron and I went off on an expedition in search of snow.
We walked over towards Ben MacDui to find some snowholes with lovely views towards Loch Etchachan and picked out a comfortable one as our base. The evening was calm and dry meaning that we could sit out on the grass to cook supper then enjoy watching the stars sparkle in the clear sky.
The snow froze up over night and the little lochan below us had a fresh layer of ice covering its surface. We walked over to Coire Sputan Dearg to find some gullies to play in before the sun softened the snow to mush.
It was great fun - we went down Main Spout, up Anchor Gully, back down Glissade Gully and finally up Red Gully and back on to the plateau for lunch. The snow was great, soft but not too soft and there were no cornices. Anchor Gully had a little crack running across it but it was just a step to get over it and Red Gully had a little rock step just where the gully broke off to the left.
The rock climbs all looked very appealing as well!
So back to the snowhole site for a cup of tea and some cake before walking back.

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