Friday, 2 March 2012

Ben Nevis in a Sorry State

I have been back up on the Ben today with Colm and Dave looking for something to climb.  The weather over the last week has really took its toll, leaving the majority of the line broken and hollow.  We climbed a varied No. 3 Gully Buttress III***, which was broken on the first pitch, a good ice pitch on the second, then very alpine mixed through the traversing pitches.  Colm and Dave led the route between them, looking at using half ropes and different belay methods as they went.  We descended No. 4 Gully which is firming up, but has a droopy, collapsing cornice.
Colm leading up Pitch 1

Dave on good ice, Pitch 2
Dave leading to the top

Mike Pescod climbed a combination of Good Friday Climb and Indicator Wall to avoid the ques on a hollow Tower Scoop.  Smith's is still complete, but will most likely be detached for a few days at least until a period of cold weather.

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