The winter climbing conditions to be found in Scotland are some of the best for many years, a new assessment has concluded.
UK Climbing's overview stated that this winter has been in contrast to the past, when people taking their climbing hardware
out needed to walk a long way to find some snowy and icy crags to practice on.
It commented: "There is still far more snow in the Cairngorms than in the west, but the climbing in both areas is excellent."
Discussing the Cairngorms further, the report noted that several popular routes show signs of extensive climbing, while outside the national park, the Munro Creag Megaidh has also seen some "fantastic ice".
Climbers keen to take a belay device
with them were told that some of the stances have been covered in snow, but that "others have been found".
The eastern highlands has some of the most persistent snow in Britain, with large parts of the Cairngorms holding snow even in summer.
Posted by Brandon Egley