The safest day in a fortnight of stormy weather. A weak ridge of high pressure promised lighter westerlies for a day. Reports of huge depths of graupel on eastern aspects followed the most lightning I’ve seen on the west coast.
This season’s redesigned SAIS forecast included a tantalising picture of The Shroud forming, and crisp neve from 600m with good visibility revealed an almost empty Coire na Ciste.
Rien ne va Plus had attracted one bold leader, but excavating ice choked cracks didn’t encourage a harder testpiece such as The Slab or Gargoyle Wall after a leisurely start.
We found Thompson’s Route in perfect nick, and as temperatures rose and stability fell, opted for a snowy Red Burn descent before dark. I must have enjoyed this route half a dozen times over the last twenty years but can’t remember a more relaxing day out.