Mark on his way up to the ridge, with Loch Morlich in the background (ski centre hidden from view to the right).Our first view of Coire an t' Sneachta , still with plenty of snow in the gullies. The ridge is fairly straightforward at grade 1, although fully iced and in foul weather conditions it would be a different route altogether. We took the rope just in case, but apart from practising moving together and using natural belays etc , it wasn't needed. If you look closely at the snow gully , you'll see old footprints from a previous climb! (not us though!). The remainder of the ridge is more great, grade 1 scrambling, taking any line you want and is it was largely free of snow and ice proved fairly easy. Looking across into the coire with our line of descent, The Goat Track tucked away in the bottom right hand corner. At the top of Cairn Lochan, 1215m, we had some lunch, then prepared for take off at the top of The Goat Track.
Looking back up The Goat Track at our bumslide tracks.
However, we were beaten to the bottom by a lone skier, who then took of his skis and proceeded to climb back up again!
Mark on his way up a yet to be identified gully. The view across the plateau, with ski tourers and their tracks just visible in the middle distance. Still some big cornices waiting to collapse over the steeper crags of the coire. Mark pretending to navigate! Cairn Toul, 1291m and Sgor an Lochan Uaine, 1285m, as seen from across the plateau.