Saturday, 27 November 2010

Darth Vader

This morning I woke up to quite a good dusting of snow in Fort William, the roads were covered, as was my car. I met up with Ken Applegate and we headed into the Ben. We had both agreed that we would like to do Gargoyle Wall but on viewing Creag Coire na Ciste we could see that we hadent beaten the weekend climbers. We could see from the first moment that a team was on Gargoyle wall but we headed up there regardless. Everyone else we passed seemed to want to do Gargoyle Wall as well! As the climbers were still at the first belay and on the ground we decided to climb Darth Vader (VII,7) instead. The route looked and was in great condition, Ken led up the first pitch to the base of the chimney and I took us up through the next two pitches. Ken then took over again and led the final pitch to the summit plateau. We descended Number 3 Gully. Other teams were on Babylon, Sioux Wall, Lost The Place, Wendigo, Un Journee dans un Enfer Quotidien (i think), The Slab Climb and I'm sure a few more.

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