With the temperature forecast to rise and the wind to increase Neil and I went for a quick hit on the West Face of Aonach Dubh in Glen Coe. It's a short but steep walk in and you get straight onto the climbs. Despite this the thaw had beaten us to Pinnacle Buttress (B Buttress) and The Pinnacle Face had very little snow on it. So instead we climbed the rib to the right between the buttress and Number Three Gully. This gave us a couple of pitches of fun but mushy climbing with brilliant views down to The Clachaig.
We went over to the North Ridge of The Amphitheatre which is a great wee climb. Steep steps up the blocky ridge with brilliant exposure got us to the top and a quick hop along to the descent down Number Two Gully and Dinner Time Buttress. We had a good amount of snow fall during the day and it came on more heavily as we went down. It looks like it will be warmer tonight before another stormy day tomorrow. At least it will be cold.
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