Will and Jonathan have wanted to traverse an t'Aonach Eagach in Glen Coe for a few years. Today it all came together perfectly and we had a brilliant start to three days of climbing. After fresh snow and with a forecast of light wind and sunshine there is nothing better than this traverse. It is one of the best ridge traverses in Scotland and we had it at its best today.
The fresh snow was a little sticky so it made good steps and we found the ridge to feel quite secure. The sunshine was really quite warm, creating lots of snowballs rolling down the slopes and a good excuse to wear sunglasses. It's not often you really need sun cream and sun glasses in a Scottish winter but today was certainly one of those days. There will be some heat in the sunshine tomorrow as well so make sure you look cool and avoid the snow in the sun.
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