After our efforts of yesterday we opted for an easier day climbing a variation on Zig Zag Direct (II/III) on Gearr Aonach. Despite the forecast the day dawned clear with a good freeze down to sea level. The expected strong winds were absent and it was a very pleasant if icy walk up towards the Lost Valley. Once on the Zig Zags we made good progress until a traverse round on to the front of the buttress gave us a series of snowy shallow chimneys and broken ground to the distinctive prow of Gearr Aonach. We made a quick descent of the Zig Zags which are in excellent condition with a good trail through knee deep snow. Other teams had continued along the Gearr Aonach ridge finding a safe descent in to Coire Nan Lochan. However we did see some fresh tracks heading up the avalanche prone Broad Gully which would seem a foolish option given the current conditions!
FULL SNOW COVER
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