Sunday, 28 November 2010

A busy day in Stob Coire nan Lochan

Alex just below the slab that could do with a bit more ice.

After the recent snow fall Alex and I headed back up into Stob Coire nan Lochan to have a look at Scabbard Chimney(V,6). It still looked thin but much whiter so we geared up and got on it. Unfortunately our path was barred at about 10m. Both Alex and I just couldn't seem to find a way up it and neither of us fancied taking the long fall onto some rather nasty ground. So we retreated and went and had a look at the direct start to Dorsal Arete(IV,5). This is a great couple of pitches of climbing if a Little bold on the first pitch. The Coire was very busy with queues on Dorsal Arete and Reaburns route. There were also teams on Ordinary route, NC gully and Twisting gully and a team retreating from Innuendo saying the snow just wasn't consolidated. Rest day today as the forecast looked a bit minging but out again on Monday. 

Just about to enter the crux chimney on Direct start to Dorsal Arete.

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