There’s not been a lot of winter for the start of our Torridon Winter Mountaineering Week but we’ve been out enjoying ourselves none the less. The plan which we’d hatched was to seek out some old snow that we’d hoped might still be laying in the deeper gullies. Deep South Gully on Beinn Aligin sounded like a good place to look but the plan didn’t entirely work. There was very little snow in the gully at all really but as we’d walked round to to the start of it and the angle looked gentle and the bed stable enough to walk on we thought that we’d head up there anyway. The lower two thirds were enjoyable, large rock walls rising on either side and there’s even the fainest of paths that leads up and¬† through the deep chasm. A steepening higher up wasn’t such fun though. A waterfall pitch today and although that itself wasn’t so bad the stretch of loose rock above it was distinctly horrible. We didn’t actually knock much of the jumble of blocks down but took the precaution of traveling one at a time with the others huddled under hard cover in a cave like scoop below. Beyond that Rob, Rachel and Cath finished the route by going under the chockstone. Tim, Bob and me snuck out right on an easier and snowier line. As good fortune would have it the snow that had been falling as we climbed had given a much improved version of winter for the crossing of the horns and our descent to the valley.

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