|Nordwand starts at the fat ice centre left|
|Great views as we walked off|
|The beauty exposed and the ugliness hidden by the clouds|
Wow, what an amazing route! Yesterday John and I climbed Vanishing gully so today I promised a longer but easier route. I hadn't climbed this 420m route before so I went on what the guide book said. So we did the direct start, grade 4. Felt more like 5 but maybe it was because we were not warmed up. I shouted to John 'thats the steepest pitch on the route'. Oh dear! I was so wrong! We did 9 pitches of climbing, 7 of them had steep climbing on. It was brilliant. I honestly thought it was harder than Orion Direct, definitely more sustained. The ice is fat and very good condition. If you have a chance to climb it then go and do it! Brilliant.
|Like the Eiger but closer to home|
|One more pitch to go|