After having the week off to spending time with the wife who was up visiting, It was time to get a route in for myself before a long stretch of climbing work. I met up with Matt and the Brenin massive and headed up the Ben. You have to head quite high at the moment to get mixed routes in. We had planned to look at Souix Wall, but felt it was a little black at the bottom, so went around the corner where it was all different. We chose to do Babylon, but wanted to make more of a route, so linked it with the independent crux pitches of Hobgoblin VI,7. This made for a excellent, sustained and quite bold route. The cracks are extremely icy, making gear hard won and untrustworthy. This links into the crux of Gargoyle Wall which is steady away. Matt then led the top pitch, which is Babylon. Sustained and technical climbing with the crux short lived, it gives an excellent hard VII,7 pitch.
Below: me on Hobgolin and the Evan on Darth Vader
Above: Matt involved in the crux of Babylon
Dave Evans and Dave Rudkin made short work of Darth Vader VII,7 and Keith Ball and Tim Neill made the second ascent of Storm Trooper, which is grade hard. A fine day out for everyone.
Above: Dave Evans on Darth Vader
The ice that we encountered today was excellent. There are loads of routes to go at, at all grades at the moment.