Thursday, 10 January 2013

Green Gully

Today things were much better up on the Ben.  The rime had started to build as the temperature has come down.  The snow underfoot hard to walk on and no longer breaking through each step. The best news was the there some routes to climb.

Derby Uni crunching up No.4
Karen reaching easy ground on pitch 1

Rhys, Karen and I climbed Green Gully IV,4***.  We did the first pitch as an icy mixed pitch, which is bold and not really in keeping with the grade, so beware if you jump on it.  There is a good ice pitch at the start of No.3 Gully Buttress and enother snow to traverse in from the right to join Green Gully at the first belay.  The rest of the route was a romp on good snow and snow ice, but the protection as always was best in the side walls.  The final tricky pitch had ice that was good enough for a screw, but none of the other ice was.

Perfect day in Green Gully
The last steep step

A stunning day
Comb Gully IV,4*** has also been climbed, with the same ice conditions as we had today.  The fella I spoke to said it was thin around the crux, but ok.  You will have to go and see for yourself how accurate this is.

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