|The majestic A'Chir ridge with its winter coat on as seen from Beinn a Chilabhain|
|On the approach to Cnoc Breac under a storm battered sky|
|Beinn Nuis and Beinn Tarssuin in unusually white conditions for Easter|
|Taking the winter conditions seriously on the first summit of the day, Beinn a Chliabhain|
|The easy start of the wintry traverse below Beinn Tarssuin|
From there we broke out above huge cliffs onto a ‘heathery traverse’ below Beinn Tarsuinn. The heather was well buried with fresh powder and its location being sandwiched between two ice covered rock precipices above and below made it quite exciting – the rope wasn't employed but was defiantly considered! Eventually we reached the start of the ridge giving us a glimpse of what was to come – overlapping slaps and granite towers glistened in the sunlight, cris-crossed by streaks of water ice and snow.
|Moving together across iced slabs towards the first rock tower|
|Looking back along the ridge towards Beinn Nuis|
|Ed leading one of the icey chimney pitches barring access to the summit of A'Chir.|
Because of the unusual conditions we found the line to be quite indistinct with much of the ledges covered however the snow, being soft meant at least we didn't need crampons! We took the line of least resistance across iced slabs and heathery ramparts and after a long while of moving together we reached the main summit block.
|The summit selfie!|
|Ed making a bold stride across one of the more exposed sections of ridge.|
|Looking along the narrow ridge just before the decent into Le Mauvais Pas.|
|The airy abseil from the ridge top down into Le Mauvais Pas|
|Breath-taking exposure on the upper slabs climbing out of Le Mauvais Pas|
|Looking back along the ridge of A'Chir with the hardest part now defeated.|
|On the long walk out passing below the mighty Cir Mor, home of numerous classic lines such as Sou'wester Slabs (VD) and Labrinyth (VD) and of course the South Ridge Direct (VS 5a).|
After that the route gradually quietens down before an escape can be made south down from the Bealach into Glen Rosa below the majestic face of Cir’ Mor. The route is a wonder of lithological architecture. In summer the ridge is Mod/VDiff but does apparently ‘go’ at about grade III (3) in winter conditions but since it was it wasn’t full blown winter I guess it’s just a combination of both! Either way, it’s a great ridge and we were very lucky to ‘tick it’ with its winter coat on!