This winter I have been to Beinn Udlaidh more times than I have ever been there before. It says something about how cold the winter has been that there has been consistently good ice climbing there for long periods of the winter. This time we went for Green Eyes and Quartzvein Scoop. There were a few other people in the coire and it was slightly warmer today with a gentle and mild thaw. The ice was slightly softer than last week but not really very wet yet. There was a bit of fresh snow at the top of the east side but it was generally fairly well stuck in place.
Green Eyes has a bit of a move which is fairly obvious from the bottom. It looks like there was an umbrella that fell off and left behind a slightly awkward steep step. Above this it all eases back and there is now a very nice v-thread close to the cornice. Quartzvein Scoop was great with hero hooks all the way up and fat ice. Tomorrow looks like a very similar day to today then it looks quite nice for the rest of the week.
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