Sunday, 26 February 2012

No.3 Gully Buttress

I have been back on the Ben today with Matt and George for the first day of their course.  Today is the best forecast of their 2 days, so the aim was to get a route in.  No. 3 Gully Buttress was the perfect choice.  Good ice pitches at the bottom and exposed mixed steps at the top.  Things were thawing quickly again from midday, but the rain had not set in.  There were a few teams in Comb Gully and on a couple of the other easy lines.  No pics as I thought it would be too wet for my camera.

Matt approaching the route

Heading into the mist

Matt climbing the surprisingly good ice

John and Simon took a trip up to Aonach Mor, but walked away climbing nothing.  Big holes in left twin and a big reduction in snow from yesterday.  Fingers crossed it holds out till Friday.

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