Tuesday, 23 April 2013

April ?

21 April 2013

A quick blast up The Cobbler and Ben Ime on Sunday with fresh snow at 600m. It felt like early winter with low cloud, wind and blown snow.
The hill was quite but then again I took the route less travelled ...

There is still some climbing to be had on the higher Ben Nevis routes.


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Tough call...

7 April 2013
It was quiet in Glen Coe, so we had the Lost Valley to ourselves. This is a great walk that I seldom do as I normally cut up right onto the Zig Zags of Gearr Aonach. We headed to the snow line and the coire headwall with the plan of climbing Stob Coire Sgreamhach, but on assessing the final snow slope (32°+)
I found 2 weak layers in the snow pack that changed the plan.

We headed to a safer spot, dug a snow shelter, had soup and decided to head off the hill.

A great day with good decisions made...

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Summer time in Scotland ...

No.6 Gully 1V*** of Aonach Dubh is another of the “Classic Climbs” that we wanted to do this winter.

We walked in with stellar conditions, -3, no wind and brilliant sunshine at 6.30am. Regardless of the time we were second team on the route, but the guys in front didn’t hang about.

The first pitch offered Craig some nice ice to gain confidence with his improvised harness. The next pitch of “easy ground” led me to a short ice corner, this was good sport and warmed me up for the crux, a full 50m of steep ice. This was great climbing and really enjoyable, the ice was soft in places but “dinner-plating” in others.

Craig joined me at the belay with a big grin and felt confident with his “rig” to lead the final right hand exit pitch to a sunny alpine ridge.

We walked off in the sunshine, skirting round the suspect hard slab.

A true Alpine day in Scotland on the eve of summertime !

More reading here on the Simply Epic blog with pics of Craig’s lightweight harness...

No.6 (the right hand ice fall)
Pitch 1
Pitch 4, 50m ice fall
Craig on the decent slopes
Looking across to Stob Coire nam Beith