The SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder gave us a great adventure today. We broke trail to the base of the ridge before enjoying alpine conditions with dry rock and deep snow. Word on the grapevine was a team had got their rope stuck abseiling into East Gully. We were able to retrieve this and return it to its grateful owner. Back down at the CIC Hut an unfortunate crevasse incident delayed us as we put Ben through a few rescue scenarios.
Castle Gully had released a huge avalanche a couple of hours before we walked in which crossed the CIC - Half Way Lochan path. In Coire na Ciste gullies no 2, 3, 4 and 5 had all released overnight and no 5 went again during the day probably due to a cornice collapse. 6 or 7 teams went for Tower Ridge with the resultant traffic jams meaning a late finish for some. Observatory Ridge also saw an ascent from a strong team as did Slingsby's Chimney / NE Buttress.