Ascent of The Saddle-Trig Point on 2013-02-21

Climber: Peter Stone

Others in Party:Twm Stone
David Stone
Nick Carter
Date:Thursday, February 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Saddle-Trig Point
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

Final day of our week-long Martin Moran Scottish Winter Mountaineering course with Nick Carter as our guide and what a day it was. Yet another sunny, blue sky outing with crisp snow underfoot - so lucky as we've had more consecutive good days this week than you often get in the Summer!

From the A87 we took the standard route up to and along the Forcan Ridge. It's generally very easy other than one or two short sections but the exposure in winter conditions made me very pleased that the well-being of my 2 teenage sons was being protected by someone more capable than me. Just to be confusing The Saddle has 2 adjacent tops; the one with the trig point is less than a metre lower than the true summit.

The views all along the ridge and from the summit were extensive and just awe-inspiring. We ate lunch in a snow hole just below the summit (cut out the night before by some fellow course-mates), then enjoyed the most amazing glissade descent back towards the car. Days out in Scotland don't get much better than this!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3229 ft / 984 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3229 ft / 984 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3229 ft / 984 m
    Route:Forcan Ridge
    Start Trailhead:A87  85 ft / 25 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3229 ft / 984 m
    Route:Bealach Coire Mhalagain
    End Trailhead:A87  85 ft / 25 m

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