The Cairngorms' biggest cliff...

With the first of the winter snows now starting to accumulate and begin the freeze / thaw cycles that will hopefully give conditions as good as I saw last year on Lochnagar...
...a relatively easy walk in (for the 'gorms - with the exception of two obvious corries) provided a grand stand view of one of the most imposing crags in Scotland.
Creag An Dubh-Loch overlooks the Dubh Loch in a lonely corrie between the White Mounth Plateau and the plateau of Broad Cairn. The cliff base is at 700m and there are more than 60 routes of VS and above; in winter, particlularly towards the end of the season, the crag boasts some spectacular and serious ice routes. My own interest was in something much more modest; Central Gully, a lowly grade 1 route, yet it is one which carries 3 stars and is more than 300m in length...it will be some time before it comes 'in' this season, but I have high expectations for a quality winter day sometime before Easter 2010...

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