Out again with Trace today, and after yesterdays gully climbing, including a pitch of ice, Trace was keen for getting some mileage on some harder mixed ground, so we headed in to Coire nan Lochain. We climbed Ewen Butress (III), but by a slightly different line up to the saddle. We spied a line that looked appealing, roughly straight up the crest, between the usual start and the direct start. It gave two fun pitches, with the first one having a steep bouldery crux to gain entry to the groove, which in the current conditions is probably around IV,6.
Conditions were OK at the start of the day but things soon warmed up and by the time we were heading out the buttresses were looking black however the easier lines, with lots of ledges, were still holding onto some snow.