The clouds breaking to reveal a wintering looking coire.
Me on the first pitch, some nice neve up the corner
Josh following up the final tricky corner.
30th of December, Straight back from a cozy visit to Devon for christmas and feeling the need to burn off some mince pies. I teamed up with Dave Sharpe to follow up Auricle in Coire an Lochan. This route was a little above my grade for leading, but a great oportunity to second. Quite a tough little number, i didnt manage many photos as I was attentively belaying. It rained all the way on the walk in until the bottom of the coire but the temperatures dropped and then it snow persistently all day, peas soup and a bit of careful navigation required on the walk off. The snow created trouble for other teams trying to top out through unstable cornices.
Dave on the crux pitch, steeper and harder than it looks from the bottom. Some thin moves on poor hooks or a very long reach.