Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Back to the wild weather.

Ryan and I headed for North buttress on the Bauchaille today hoping to find some shelter from the wind. It was a damp walk in but it soon turned to snow with a driving wind. It took a while to get to the base of the route as we swam through quite a bit of deep wet snow to get there but conditions on the route are the best I've ever seen. There is a good amount of neve and ice in the back of the chimney and with enough gear on the side walls to keep it feeling IV,4. After a couple of pitches looking at stance management, gear placements and building belays we decided to look at abseiling to avoid topping out into the strong winds. Today I was working for Mountain Motion.

Ryan making short work of the crux corner.

Looking back up the first pitch on our way down.

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