After another cold and dry day yesterday with stronger SE winds it warmed up slightly over night and some rain took away snow below 1000m or so. Ben, Emma and I went to climb on Buachaille Etive Mor but we found the buttresses quite black including North Buttress so we went for the classic ridge line of Curved Ridge. This is an excellent long route that is less steep than other routes and holds on to a bit more snow much of the time. Today it only had a little snow left on it lower down but it was a bit better at the top.
We went to Crowberry Tower and abseiled back into the gap for some practice. Light winds on the top made it easy to get to Coire na Tullach and a good slide down into the coire on the snow. We did another practice abseil down in the gorge on the way out too. Despite being a bit soggy and warm we stayed quite dry today. There was no rain and the cloud was not very wet at all. The rocks in Glen Coe look quite black but the snow is wet and ready to refreeze into nice ice if the temperature drops again soon.
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