Thursday, 8 January 2015

2 Route day in the Gorms

After a long and useful skills day yesterday at the ice factor, we were keen to get stuck into a good route today to rap the week up.  The decision was to head East for a change of scenery and style.

The snow starting to stick to the road on the drive over to the gorms was a good sign there should be something to do.  The lack of snow in general is surprising, but was improving as we arrived at a snowy car park.  The walk in was as easy as ever.  It always feels like a rest day after the walks on the West.  We made our way over to the Fiacaill Buttress as it looked the whitest by far.  Other teams had the same idea, but despite being the first of the groups we approached with to start.  A couple of teams had been early starters.   We had hopes to do the Seam,  and despite a team starting the chimney as we sorted ropes, I'd hoped they would be up and gone by the time we arrived.  Unfortunately this was not the case, so we opted to go up Short Curcuit IV, 5 instead.   This was in excellent condition and offered some great sport, With the final pitch buried under 6 inches of power.

Rhys pulling hard up the steep little corner on Short Curcuit 

Karen getting stuck into some proper Scottish mixed
 We descended the ridge and back into the corie to go and do a sporty Aladdin's Mirror Direct. It was a rapid ascent with the best ice being straight up the pillar at the moment making it a bit more sustained that usual.  We abseiled off and enjoyed the veiw as the light faded,  making it back to the car without the headtouches.
Happy team back at the car
A great week.

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