The morning glow reveals a cosmetic dusting of powder and a light hoaring of the highest buttresses
The moon setting over Fiacaill Buttress. It’s north easterly aspect resulted in what little westerly wind-transported snow from the plateau there was settling on the cliffs – one of the whiter parts of the coire that day!
Moving up the pleasant groove on pitch 1 of Ewen Buttress. The turf had only a light covering of powder ensuring it hadn’t remained insulated and had frozen solid
About to exit the starting groove on pitch one. This section appeared innocuous from below, but as always it was steeper than expected!
Andy sets off up the positive cracks on the crux section of the route. Plenty of gear and good hooks lead up and left into the continuation gully.
The tricky bit – having stepped left the search begins for useful placements to allow movement into the gully above
Spectacular views from near the top of our route across to teams on No. 4 Buttress and away west above a cloud inversion
Alasdair Fulton and James Sutton do battle with the stepped roofs of Bulgy while Ole Kemi belays from the chock-stone in Savage Slit
Alasdair Fulton cruising the off-width cracks and roofs on the crux pitch of Bulgy
About to settle down for some lunch and sunbathing on the plateau, looking west to the mighty Braeriach, Sgor Gaoith and beyond.
Perfect air clarity above the inversion allows the view to extend from Sgoran Dubh Mor west to Creag Meagaidh and even Ben Nevis