Fresh snow over night and more during the day (as well as tired legs from a big day yesterday) took Cathy and I to Aonach Mor. Alison came along as well and we walked up from the top of the gondola at Nevis Range to the top of the ski area. It was quite breezy on top and on the crag on the East Face. There was fresh avalanche debris under Forgotten Twin and Easy Gully so we stayed safe by climbing on Central Buttress after abseiling down it.
We climbed Morwind first which is still great fun with lots of ice on it. We didn't top out, instead we abseiled down again to climb a line about 6m to the right of Morwind. This is not as deep a groove as Morwind so the climbing is less technical but just as steep and with not as solid ice. It was great fun and we got up it in two long pitches.
The wind dropped a bit in the afternoon so it was not so bad when we re-emerged onto the plateau and walked back down next to the ski area. With two climbs, six pitches of climbing, five pitches of abseiling and 280m of descent and ascent we were very happy to call it a successful day despite the wintry conditions. A bit of a change from yesterday on Point Five Gully!
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