|Rhys, Catherine & Chris enjoying the steep ground and excellent snow|
|Away from the crowds. Starting up the steep line on the NE slopes of Stob Coire Raineach|
|Morning sun on Stob Coire Sgreamhach|
|The team on the summit of Stob Coire Raineach|
|Looking into the Lairig Gartain with Buachaille Etive Mor on the left|
Return clients Cathrine, Rhys and Chris were out with me today, first day of their annual winter trip. This year they are based in the west at Glencoe. Going into a mild spell for a time and today the temperatures were rising through the day. Despite this we found an excellent line on the NE face of Stob Coire Raineach. Here there was excellent hard, frozen snow and it was a great route to gain this Munro summit. We also chose this route over the usual ridge line to shield us from the gale force winds. It wasn't too bad on the summit and we enjoyed a picnic with just a breeze. There had been some fresh snow down to about 800m. The Aonach Eagach was looking good earlier on this morning. Warm and wet and windy tomorrow then back to cooler conditions on Thursday with more snowfall in the west Highlands. Great day out and we enjoyed a mostly dry day until early afternoon when the snow showers turned to rain. Appologies for the very poor photos. Camera phone in the weather!