Friday, 8 January 2010

Hidden Streak

Today Jamie and I made the First Ascent of Hidden Streak, it required a sharp eye for the belays as well as turf protection. The rock is very broken in the gully so hard to find rock gear. Still good variations to be had some at grade III and a couple of good grade V ice pillars! The ice was nice and thick and was totally bomber. I have more photo's if needed.
East Race, Sgorr Bhan, Beinn a' Bheithir - Hidden Streak IV/4 - 210m
Two short steep ice falls lead into a narrow gully which curves round left, follow easy angled snow slopes to pass below a steep ribbon of ice on the right (looks about grade 3) and climb the main ice fall further along. There's a belay half-way up on the rocky ridge, just below and right of the upper ice apron (and a good spot for photos). Climb the upper ice fall (crux) to easier ground. Definitely worth a star or two.
Guy Steven and Jamie Hageman - 08/01/2010

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