Embracing the Thaw

Today was Trace's final day with us and as the thaw, that started yesterday, was meant to continue until at least mid morning we decided to embrace it rather than heading up some soggy snow. So instead we made the most of whatever was in summer mountaineering condition. We started by looking at a bit of mountaineering rope work by swinging leads up the Twin Ribs followed by continuing up the Fiacaill Ridge. At the top of the ridge we decided that as the weather wasn't too bad, the fact we still had some time left, and as it was Trace's last day that we'd make the most of it and so we rounded the day of by doing Afterthought Arete as well. 

Below are a few photos from today, including a few showing the current mountain conditions in the Northern Cairngorms.

Trace Starting up the Twin Ribs

Trace on the upper part of Fiacaill Ridge

Trace making a reach on Afterthought Arete, with the Shelter Stone and Carn Etachan in the Background

For those that are interested then below are a few other photos of the current conditions and snow coverage.

Corie nan Lochain

Fiacaill Couloir


Hells Lum


Jacob Phillips

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