A stunning day on Creag Meagaidh
Today's forecast was for the freezing level to be above the summits so we headed high and east to make best use of the weather. We opted for Creag Meagaidh which had looked pretty impressive over the weekend. The lower buttresses were black and Staghorn Gully was incomplete but there was plenty of ice still in existence on all the main lines. A team were abseiling off the Pumpkin reporting plenty of running water and falling debris from above. Another team were just finishing Diadem (V 4) so we soloed up The Sash to have a look. It gave a couple of steep pitches on variable ice and an easy exit to the right of a small cornice. The rock belays were good but ice screw runners were purely cosmetic. The Wand also looked fairly fat and will be in good condition with a bit of a freeze. Rob Wills' group were on Glass Slipper (III) which gave a good pitch of ice low down and a romp up the central snow field. We made a quick detour to the summit before descending via the Window.
A sun dog above Creag Meagaidh