Monday, 26 January 2009

Hell's Lum

Today Martin and I headed over to Hell's Lum to see what ice was around. The crag is plastered in ice with most lines climbable. We climbed the Chancer which even had a ice piller to climb as a direct start which was superb. I thought the crux pitch was as hard as anything on Gemini (Ben Nevis VI,6), but offered amazing steep ice climbing. We then went to look at Cascade on stag rocks. This was running with water by midday so we came back across and went up Auld Nick as a quick way out.

There were teams on the Sneer, Kiwi Gully, early on Cascade and another party follow us up the Chancer. Greg and Euan went across to Carn Etchachan and climbed Nathrach Dubh which Greg said was excellent and worth a trip for.

In Sneachda teams had climbed Red Gully saying it was free from excessive snow, Patey's route and the Genie. Many lines looked climbable, but there are pockets of slab around that need care.

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