Sunshine and Snow on Bla Bheinn


Matt took Beth up Bla Bheinn today. We had a footwork coaching session at the bottom of South Buttress before ascending Great Gully. There was no scree showing and the snow was reasonably firm despite the sun beating down on us. The top three hundred feet was excellent neve which bodes well for conditions on the higher crags such as the Bhasteir face of Sgurr na Gillean.

Looking down the Great Gully

At the top we popped our heads over to see the entire Cuillin Ridge spread out before us. The air quality was excellent and it felt like you could reach out and touch the mountains; it also made the drops look enormous.

The northern end of the Cuillin Ridge lying the far side of Glen Sligachan

We visited the North top first and then enjoyed the exposed col and the short crest leading to the South top.

Poise and elegance above the precipice! The awkward step is behind Beth.

Climbing the awkward step from the col to the South top. This can look intimidating from below but the difficulties are very short-lived.

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