Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Great climbing on Comb gully.

We headed up onto the Ben this morning under clear sky's and with an open mind. We stood at the hut for a while and watched to see where people went and decided on Comb gully as plan A as the boys hadn't done it before. The ice on the first step was absolutely buried and felt very insecure but the first swing after the peg belay was into brilliant snow ice. It carried on like that all the way up the crux pitch, good solid placements but not brilliant for screws. We topped out and leisurely walked over to No.4 gully and back to the hut.
It was quiet on the Ben today, a couple of teams walked away from Minus 3 gully, some went round into Observatory gully but I don't know for what. Dave and Mark headed for the Cascade (they also said Italian RH was brilliant yesterday) but disappeared into the murk, there was a team on Green gully and one on Number three gully buttress. Ice is building on the mid level routes but there is still some way to go.

Ben Nevis, Winter climbing

Ben Nevis, Winter climbing

Ben Nevis, Winter climbing

Comb gully, winter climbing

Comb gully, winter climbing

Comb gully, winter climbing

Comb gully, winter climbing

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