Saturday, 23 October 2010

The season has begun

With snowcover now gradually returning to most of the higher peaks of both the East and West, and winter climbs having been recorded in the Cairngorms, it is safe to say that the 2010 / 2011 Scottish winter climbing season has begun!

A cold snap last week resulted in snow in the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis, but none in Glencoe. It is my pleasure to report that Glencoe has now also had snowfall. There was a very little on Wednesday, before being washed away (James and I witnessed the deluge on an aborted walk up to the North Face of Ben Nevis). This morning dawned crisp and bright, with the snowline on the Aonach Dubh resting at the level of the Rake. There isn't much, but the important thing is that the process has begun, and soon the great days will be back, sun and frost and white peaks marching from horizon to horizon.

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