Tuesday, 14 January 2014

North West Face Route

A wee bit cloudy...but snowy!
Chris hanging out on the first belay
Another top day today.  The Isle of Skye was the venue of choice for Chris and his two day winter climbing stint.  We had a fantastic day climbing North West Face Route (II/III) on Sgurr Nan Gillian with good neve high up and very helpful snow lower down.  Unsurprisingly we had the mountain to ourselves and it was perfect.  On the summit we descended down the West ridge which was bomber neve and made progress very easy.  After a wee abseil we popped over to the North Face of Am Basteir to check out other routes.  A brilliant day on Skye.  There really is something quite special and satisfying about winter climbing on Skye.

Great wee chimney with great snow ice

Happy days on the belay

Chris romping up the easy ground

Looking back to Pinnacle Ridge on the way out

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