The rain came in last night and the thaw has set in. We are likely to have warm temperatures for the weekend and the first half of next week but over night frosts next week will firm the snow and make for good climbing conditions I think. Today was a bit wet and soggy so Will, Jonathan and I decided to sty well clear of potential avalanches and collapsing cornices by climbing Castle Ridge.
There is a lot of ice in the first tricky groove which makes it much easier to climb. The easy sections are banked out with snow so a steady plod got us to the second steep section. This has no snow on it since it is steep but we got the view down the Forth Face for full value of the position! It was a great choice of climb for today and wrapped up three brilliant days of climbing with Jonathan and Will.
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