Monday, 2 May 2011

Bank Holiday weekend.

On Saturday I was working for West Coast Mountain Guides Again. This time I was working with Max Hunter and a group that were on the first part of their 3 Peaks Bank Holiday Bonanza. The weather was perfect for them and the early start meant we managed to get to the summit before the midday heat. There was a strong breeze how ever and you soon got cold once you stopped. There where hundreds of people on the Ben today with a very steady stream of people heading up and down all day.

Yesterday Alex and I headed up to Carn Dearg Buttress on Ben Nevis to do The Bullroar(HVS5a). This route makes a fantastically wild traverse across the slabs of the Buttress and at times can feel very lonely for the leader as the world drops away from your feet.

Alex starting off out on the traverse of pitch 3.

A couple of pitches got us established on the slabs and Alex made the first but short traverse out into the middle of the slabs. I then set off on pitch 4 which had some really nice moves and at time was quite bold with just a rusty peg as protection for quite a few metres. Alex set off along the next set of slabs and took us up to easier ground. One more pitch and we were at the abseil above titan wall. The upper part of this route is far more complex than the guide book might suggest with a lot of options and none of them looking that well travelled and a lot of loose rock. So we made the two abseils back to the ground on 50m ropes.

Me continuing the traverse across the slabs on pitch 4.

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