Friday, 27 January 2012


Today was one of those days you just don't want to miss. Plenty of snow around, blue skies and very little wind. Makes winter climbing even more enjoyable (apart from the wading through snow and the avalanche risk). Adam and I avoided the wading and the avalanche risk and headed for the Douglas Boulder on Ben Nevis. After yesterdays antic's we were both a little tired so we didn't want anything hard so I took Adam up Jacknife (V,6). Adam has done quite a bit of hard leads in the last few days so was happy for me to do all the tricky bits today, despite being pretty tired myself. Its quite a short route but packs a punch, one long pitch (which can be avoided) to get to the 25m pitch of bridging excitement. Adam then finished up a 5m head wall. The route joins on to the South West Ridge which we descended and wandered down of the mountain for some tea and cakes! Many other teams out; Ledge Route and Tower Ridge got done as did Route 1, Slab Climb, Darth Vader, Sioux Wall, Gargoyle Wall plus many more. Lots of fresh snow around so care needs to be taken.

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