Tuesday, 21 December 2010

On Sunday Dave and I wanted a fairly leisurely day and with all of the snow about we thought we would stay reasonably low. So we headed to the west face of Aonach Dubh to have a look at the screen and No.6 gully. As we approached we realised that some one was on the screen so we headed straight for No.6 gully(IV,4). This is a great ice route taking you through some really impressive scenery. We missed out the first couple of little steps as they weren't formed and traversed in just under the first descent sized pitch. It is so easy to forget that winter is still really only starting, so the ice was a bit thinner than last year when I climbed it. It didn't disappoint though and still gave us four good pitches of climbing but I would say maybe a grade harder at the moment. On the way down we got some great views of conditions on some of the neighbouring crags.

Dave on the final ice pitch.

The crags of Stob Coire nam Beith.

Diamond Buttress and the fantastic Church door buttress on the right.

On Monday I headed out with a few people who were up from Wales to sample some Scottish winter. We decided on Stob Ban which is a fantastic and reasonably short day out that has a bit of everything. The stronger winds of the last couple of days had shifted quite a lot of snow about and we found some areas of very firm slab on a no. of aspects that would have been worrying if they had been of any great size but all were avoidable. Day off today to finish sorting out stuff for Christmas.

Heading up the final ridge of Stob Ban with the Ring of Steall in the back ground.

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