The temperature graph of this week has had as many peaks and troughs as the Highlands! This morning we had fresh snow down to 400m and freezing temperatures. By this afternoon it was raining on top of Douglas Boulder and the fresh snow was melting fast. Despite this Bob and I had a brilliant climb before the temperature rise. We climbed Gutless on the side of Douglas Boulder which just need some snow and a freeze to firm up the turf for good climbing.
The start was quite tricky with little snow on the very first step and there is of course no ice on the steep corner before the chimney. Like this there are technical 6 moves but good protection all the way and it is all solid. Gutless gives great climbing in anything from a light cover of snow through to well iced and buried in snow. We joined SW Ridge of Douglas Boulder to find a few teams and very soggy snow, hearing avalanches coming down from the mist into Coire na Ciste. It was a wet end to a very varied week in which Bob and I have sought out great climbing in tough conditions. Well done Bob, it's been emotional!
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