Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Ben Nevis Double

I was on the Ben today with Colm and Dave hoping to find something tricky to challenge them.  The good weather and easy walk in started the day off nicely.
Stunning views on the walk in
We opted to climb Jackknife V, 6 first.  This gives a good sustained crux pitch up the groove with some thin climbing. The upper wall after the groove is normally avoided one the right.  To add a little harder climbing, I went straight up the steep wall boldly,  to reach the second belay.  I think this may have been the way Andy did it on the first ascent, as the grade is different in a couple of guides.  This way offers some good top end 6 or even the odd move of 7.  Once we nipped up the next steep wall to join the SW ridge, we bailed down and over to Vanishing Gully V, 5.

Thin moves to reach the second belay

Embracing the spindrift

We climbed this rapidly in 2 long pitch to be back down and out as the temp was starting to creep up a little.  Stunning soft ice and hooks made progress easy.  A pleasure to climb.

Stepped out heaven on Vanishing 
A great day in good company.

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