First days out of winter 2016/17
|Morning 'Alpen-glow' on Fiacaill Buttress|
|Sun rise over the tops|
An early morning rise saw Mark and I walking in with head torches to a deserted Cairngorms. Never have I stood in the Northern Corries to see that no one else was around. Were the conditions bad or were we just unnecessarily early?
|Mark questing up the second pitch|
We heard that the snow was going to be hard to walk on, deep snow with a semi-hard crust. Despite this, we opted to go for a long walk 'over the back' onto Carn Etchachan. Having never climbed here I was super keen and Mark agreed quite easily. So with it being my first route of the season, we opted for The Guillotine (V,6).
|Mark trying to find the chock stone on the crux|
We walked to the top of the route as it climbs the upper tier of Carn Etchachan and descended down the slopes to the right (facing out). We traversed in to the start. The climbing was excellent. Lovely Cairngorm granite, good hooks, good gear and plenty of turf. Not to mention the spacious belay ledges. A quality day out and back to the car before it was dark.
|Here he is....it's Maaarrrrkkk Chadwick!!!!|
|Mike linking the snow and ice|
|Doesn't get much better than this!|