Friday, 27 January 2012


Both Guy and I were pretty tired today after yesterdays efforts, but wanted to take advantage of the good weather.  We decided to head up the Ben and do something short on the Douglas boulder.  Neither of us were too keen to wade up high through the dodgy snow after the avalanches yesterday on Aonach Mor and the Ben.  This did not stop some, as large teams kept on trucking into some very loaded areas.

Guy Starting up the crux pitch of Jacknife
Into a nice bridged rest
We had the Boulder to ourselves and it was Guy's turn to lead as I had been hogging things a little recently.  We chose a newish route of Andy Turner's called Jacknife V,6*, which climbs the corner right of Cutlass.  The did the job perfectly giving 2 good length pitches and one short one to join the SW ridge.  We down climbed SW Ridge back into the gully and made a pleasant walk down for tea and cake.

There are lots of things to do up there at the moment, but care is needed to avoid some deep pockets of localised windslab.

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