Friday, 15 February 2013

Lots left to go at on the Ben.

I was up on the Ben today with Sophie and John working for the Ice Factor. Sophie had had a quick go at ice climbing out in the Alps and had brought John along with her to give it a try in Scotland. They were out with Pete yesterday getting use to crampons and axes and today was the day to get on the ice but unfortunately Sophie's knee was playing her up so we stayed low. The CIC cascades still look just about climbable but with quite a few holes. We found good solid ice in the Gulch again and managed to get a few pitches of grade III/IV ice. 

John enjoying chewy Scottish ice.

The mountain looked better than I expected after the warm wet weather of the last two days. The Curtain and Vanishing gully both got a couple of ascents today and Waterfall gully, Compression crack and Boomers requiem still looked in great shape. Higher up the mountain ice was still visible with the upper cascades looking good and a big blue streak of ice coming out of the basin on the Orion face. Bumped into Jon and Guy who said the rock was quite heavily verglased though and there were some very large cornices visible today. So lots of options for the weekend but the freezing levels are set to be quite high until midweek, hopefully we'll get a drop in temps overnight to keep it all together.

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