Today Karen, Rhys and I headed up the Ben to take advantage of the stunning weather. A rare treat after the general ming of the week. There is a surprising amount on offer, especially mixed lines, but things are very icy.
|Approaching the belay before the narrowing|
We opted for Comb Gully IV,4***, which offered it's own challenges today. After an easy approach, I was soon digging a thigh deep trench up the 1st easy pitch. This took a bit longerto lead than normal. Once in the narrower and steeper section of the gully things generally firmed up. There is good steep climbing g to be had on firm snow and ok ice, with some poor snow and ice inbetween. Very little protection of any quality between belay as a result of this. Despite this we had a great day out and enjoyed a descent of No.4 to get down. A great end to a challenging week.
|Pulling out of the crux|
|Rhys pulling out of the crux|