Glen Coe, Stob coire nan Lochan

Today was the first winter day out this season for me, so myself, Lena, Craig, Chris and Lawrence decided to take it easy and have a wonder up the Zig Zags in Glen Coe.  We made our way up the scramble in summer conditions and onto Gearr Aonach and into the powder snow.  There are already a few layers in the snow pack that can be felt and seen.  A soft snow layer going through to the ground, an inch or so of icy crust on top and then wind-blown powder on top of that in places.

It was quite hard going up to Stob coire nan Lochan, but maybe that is just because its early season.  But the views all around made up for it.  Soon we were on the summit, where we spent some time taking in the 360 degree mountain scenery.  We then quickly made our way down over the crags to the lochans and then back into Glen Coe.

There is not much conditioning on the crags at the moment, with unconsolidated snow in the gullies and powder covering the rock ledges.  So a route would be fine if you accept pretty much dry tooling up the rock.  It needs one or two cycles of thaw, freeze and wet, dry to come into condition, maybe next weekend!  Although there were 2 ascents of Dorsal arête today.

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