Donald has tried to climb Raven's Gully a few times and today turned into one more attempt without success. It all looked good on the way up with ice on lots of the rocks and in drainage lines as well as some nice snow-ice leading up to the first crux chockstone. Unfortunately there was no ice right we we needed it and despite trying left and right it was not going to let us past! It is so much worth coming back for though.
There is now quite a bit of ice low down in drainage lines in Glen Coe after a couple of very cold nights. The snow higher up still needs to do a lot of consolidating before it is much use for climbing but if you follow bootprints on a climb the compacted snow is very nice.
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.