Friday, 1 March 2013

Sneachda Ice

Yesterday was a bonus day for the Life Systems and Life Venture shoot, with the idea being to get some good climbing shots for their catalogue and some for Montane who had provided waterproofs.

We climbed Patey's Route IV,5*** which was in outstanding condition and climbed completely on snow and ice.  We then came down and climbed Aladdin's Mirror Direct IV,4***. This has great ice on it at the moment.  It also has a very steep pillar that runs it's full length if taken direct.  To get better pictures this is the way I went.  Excellent vertical ice with a slight overlapping fringe to an a bit more steepness made this a joy to climb, but not grade IV!

This wraps up the shoot, and hopefully I will have a couple of images to share soon.

Some parts of the Fiaciall had survived the rain/drizzle of Thursday, as well as parts of Fluted Buttress.  Unfortunately, the majority of the coire looks black.  This did not stop some teams dry tooling the cracks with some snow and ice on ledges, it depends where your ethical compass points.

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