Despite waking up to a hangover from to much Birthday beer last night, I still had to have another look into the Northern Corries after yesterday. Although I started the walk in a bit late, think it was nearer 10:00 than 09:00, it was obvious last nights frost had hardened the snow pack, this time supporting your weight all the way without post holing once. The base of the climb in the corrie below the Fiacaill buttress was still a bit soft, but once established on route there was some good neve to be found if a little thin on ice. There was some evidence of a few teams on it yesterday and early this morning but thankfully they haven’t chopped it up much (thanks guys!) In fact there’s only one spot where its a bit lean, just where you traverse across right on the last pitch, but there’s always rocks to hook. It was nearing noon when I topped out and things were visible softening up with the occasional dripping rock in the bright sun, so this coinciding with jelly legs I called it a day. A great short day out in fantastic weather and things look like there only set to get better. Clear sky’s should mean frosty nights which will only harden the snow even more, but you’ll need to have early starts and early finishes if you want to make the most of the next few days!
Invernookie III 4.