I set off to scope a route for a Bronze DofE group up into Coire Giubhsachan. However as I had a full day free I decided to extend my day. In the car park I had debated one Ice Axe or two. The answer was two would have been better.
Once at the Beallach and my job done, I set off up the East ridge of Carn Mor Dearg. The predicted weather arrived and the wind was fierce needing three points of contact. I had to put Crampons on fairly soon and kept them on for most of the rest of the day. The ridge was finely defined and definitely a ‘ridge’
On summiting Carn Mor Dearg, I contemplated taking the easy route home and picking my car up later. However I decided to give the Arete a try.
The Arete was magnificent. I had never done it in winter before and it was fantastic walking along the peak of the Arete – just needed to watch out for those gusts which threatened to blow me off.
Once at the top of the abseil posts I headed south west and down into Coire Eoghainn. Then down the water slabs to my car.
In retrospect the route was difficult enough without the wind and blizzards, however I rediscovered my love of the mountains – I have been a bit of a weather lightweight recently either with clients or kids. Today I tested myself fully and acquitted myself well.