Friday, 22 February 2013

Mint conditions in Stacach Gully

The cold and stable spell of weather has seen unusual winter conditions building on Arran. Much of the south facing snow was stripped in the last thaw, but pockets persist on North and East facing aspects higher up and the snow is now bullet hard and ice is building.  Hope it lasts a bit!
Wally, Kirstie and I headed up in to Coire Lan and up in to Stacach Gully, just north of Goatfell summit, and found it to be in great sporting condition.  The approach slopes of snow were easy and banked out, there was a small bulge of ice, topped by bomber turf and snow.  Great fun. If you fancy getting out and doing an esoteric grade I/II route on Arran in rare condition, now is the time. I wonder what else is out there waiting to be done?

Kirstie and I approaching the route- the gully splits the large buttress above Kirstie's head.

Wally leading off. This photo is kindly shared by Kirstie Smith.

Kirstie on the ice. 

Yours truly leading through (Wally left me the easy bit..), Another great photo from Kirstie.

 Magic views from the top.

Descending from the summit, looking back towards Stacach ridge and the curving shape of Stacach Gully that splits the dark buttress on the left. .

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