Sally and Mike were both in Glen Coe today. Sally was walking on Buachaille Etive Beag with Grahame who has a few winter Munros on his list to complete. With so much snow on the hills at the moment, it is tricky working out where to walk that does not involve many hours of seriously hard work wading through deep snow. West and South facing slopes seem to be mostly OK so they went to the wee Buachaille and got on fine (mostly).
The path from the Coffin Route Cairn goes up the west facing side of the col between the two Munros and this proved to be OK. The climb up to the northerly Munro was also OK but the climb up to the southerly Munro (Stob Dearg) which is a north facing ridge had a very fine snow crest and deep snow! The clouds cleared a little and there was a bit of a view. The weather was generally dry though and a bit warmer than it has been recently so it was a fine day to bag a couple of Munros.
Mike was climbing with Nigel on a route called Trumpeting Elephants. It's likely you have not heard of it but it's next to White Rhino. Still no idea? White Rhino was climbed in 1988 by Mal Duff and they saw an avalanche in a place you would expect never to see an avalanche. So they named the climb White Rhino due to it being very rare and like a big heavy white thing charging down at you. Trumpeting Elephants is right next to it and a little easier at grade III. See if you can work out where the routes are!
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