The perfect day. Parking at the ski centre Andy, Ian and I headed over to the Fiacaill ridge between Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire an Lochain, and I volunteered for the first turn at carrying the rope. The ridge is largely a walk up, but climaxing in a grade I/II winter climb, dependent upon the route chosen. Arriving at the climb we missed the start out to avoide a couple of large roped parties, but quickly climbed back up to the ridge. Once on the ridge we battled our way up opnto the Cairn Gorm plateau, with bright blue skies and white ground we didn’t care too much about the wind. We ambled across the plateau to Cairngorm and returned via the ski area! On getting back to the car, I realised that nobody else had taken their turn at carrying the rope Grrrrr!!!!!
In the pub that evening Steve Clarke took great pleasure in pointing out that we had missed the grade II section of the climb blah di blah di blah. Thought this was quite funny coming from somebody who had ascended the Grade 6 North Face of the Cairn Gorm Mountain Furnicular!!!!!