Sunday started pretty well. We walked in mid morning and dropped off our kit at the hut. A quick turn around took us up into Observatory Gully, where we climbed Hadrian's Wall Direct V, 5***. Not a bad start.
The forecast for Monday was poor, but a small window early morning gave the chance to do something before it hit. The first of a few 4 am wake ups, got us out early and up an excellent Two Step Corner V, 5 *** and back to the hut before the weather peaked.
|Alex approaching the first belay on hero ice|
|Spindrift getting worse with the weather moving in|
|Andy enjoying quality Ben Nevis Icy mixed|
|Starting up an extremely icy Gargoyle Cracks|
|Andy looking glad to be near the belay|
|Alex fully engaged|
|More super icy and bold climbing on the top chimney|
Wednesday required another 4am wake up. We were rewarded with outstanding conditions and a glorious morning on Vade Mecum V, 5 ***. This is and excellent climb and not often in, so a real steal on the day.
After another 4am wake up on Thursday, the gamble didn't pay off. Blown out by the really strong winds as we tried to approach a route, we had to concede. Patience and commitment won through though as we nipped out at 16:15 and did Italian Right Hand IV, 4***. This felt like a real victory after the mornings efforts.
|When the weathers bad, BAKE!! Blair kindly bringing supplies on his was to SAIS Forecasting|
|A close second to the climbing this week|
|one of the rare sections with good ice on Point 5 today|
|Alex through the Narrows|
|Andy enjoying the Point 5 experience|
|Through the Rogue Pitch and on the glory|
|Stunning ice on a fat Winter Cascade|
|Stunning views on top|
|Alex romping down No.3|
|A stunning end to a challenging, but great week.|
Once I get back to a computer, I'll add some pictures. Big thanks to Andy and Alex for there efforts to make this such a great week.