Here we go! The West face of Aonach Dubh from Clachaig this morning.
When I opened my curtains this morning I was greeted by that most exciting of sights - the Glen under a blanket of snow for the first time of the winter.
The North Buttress of Stob Ban, Mamores
Not much has settled in the glen at the moment, but from what I've seen there has been very significant accumulation at higher levels. There's been a strong wind blowing for most of the last week too so ridge lines are looking more bare than the corries where there is a lot of soft snow lying.
Glen Nevis this afternoon
If you're looking to go climbing just now then harder rocky mixed routes are probably the thing to go for, as the turf is still in the process of freezing and isn't quite there yet everywhere. Needless to say, the usual advice against gully climbs this early in the season applies too.
Heavy snow above Steall, Glen Nevis
But things are shaping up nicely - there's already been plenty of teams out in the Northern Corries in the Cairngorms. Hidden Chimney, The Hoarmaster, The Stirling Bomber and The Melting Pot to name a few have been climbed…the most exciting news at the moment being that Moran, Macpherson and Robertson have repeated Nocando Crack (VII,8) in Coire an Lochan. This trio along with Greg Boswell climbed an almost unbelievable number of new routes and hard repeats last winter - some of them amongst the hardest winter trad routes in the world. Hopefully we can look forward to more great things from them in the coming few months!
I'm hoping to get out somewhere myself tomorrow, with luck I'll have a few photos and more detailed information about conditions for you by tomorrow evening.