Aonach Beag day.

5th March 2013

I had a wander over to Aonach Beag today. A small piece of trivia for you, the summit of Aonach Beag at 1234 metres is the highest point in Britain which is not made of igneous rock. It was cloudy on the summits, but at the col it was clear enough to to see the route on the North face of Aonach Beag. Conditions were looking good but quite busy on the classic ice routes. There was a team on Kings Ransom and two teams on both of Royal Pardon and Stand and Deliver.
 A climber on the steep crux and Stand and Deliver.

The snowpack is quite firm at the moment. The hardest part of today was digging the snowpit. I find the easiest way to start is to saw a square in surface, wedge the snow shovel under one side, and leaver the top icy layer off. This process is repeated a few times, and then the slightly softer snow underneath can be dug out. 

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