Sunday, 28 February 2010

Dove Crag (Grasmoor) 28th Feb

Busy on Dove Crag today. 3 teams were waiting at the base of Dove Crag Gully IV/V,4***
So Me Andy and Steve missed the first pitch and climbed easier ground to the second one. The main ice pitch was in great condition, then another 2 easier ones had us on the top.
We dropped back down and did the chimney start to Dove Crag Gully which leads to a open basin. From here we did Chicken out V,5 ***

Nathan and Steve also did these routes.

Great Weekend

Is it Friday yet......

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Dove Crag 27th Feb

The base of Inaccessible Gully V,5 *** was thawing fast in the Sun this morning.
Having visited the foot of this climb on previous occasions over the years, a little running water wasn't going to put me off.
I climbed with Steve, whilst Nathan and Andy followed close behind.
The ice was detached where you climb into the hanging gully, so it was pretty exciting stuff.
Up to the huge chockstone and some excellent tooling moves over this then onto easier ground.

Brilliant route and weather.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Aonach Dubh West Face 19th Feb

Another fantastic day with views right across to Isle of Skye and beyond from the west face of Aonach Dubh.
Late start this morning for a easy day in No.6 Gully IV,4 ***
First pitch is missing but we mixed climbed are way up it, then traversed into the second pitch where the ice was much thicker. Top pitches were in great condition.
Great easy accessible route, only 1 hr walk in.

Lakes action on Sunday hopefully.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Liathach 18th Feb

Arrived in Kinlochewe 15 Min's to late last night! last bar meal serving was 8 pm
Only available food was at the very lavish and outrageously priced TORRIDON Me and scott didn't feel very comfortable sitting in this exclusive restaurant with are climbing togs and hoodies on. Cracking food mind.

Set of walking at 05:30 this morning. 3hrs later and we were the first team into the stunning Coireag Dubh Mor on Liathach.
Poacher's Fall V,5*** was our aim and what a route it is. 85 deg ice and steep unprotectable chimney made for exciting climbing. I found this by far the hardest grade 5 I've done, but loved every minute of it.
Standing on the top of Liathach with fantastic views was amazing.

We were back to the car for 17:30 then we drove to Fort William for Chips and Beer.

What a day.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Creag Meagaidh 14th Feb

Me and Nathan had a soggy walk up to the inner coire this morning.
But by the time we had geared up the rain/snow had stopped, and we were flogging our way to the base of The Pumpkin V,4 ****
I got the ball rolling on the first pitch by climbing 63m on our 60m ropes!
By stretching out each pitch we topped out with 5 brilliant pitches done.

Another 4 star route ticked this season.

Roll on Wednesday, for some more Scottish action.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Helvellyn 7th Feb

We had a look at Brown Cove Crags this morning, but it was looking pretty black.
So up Central gully 1 and over to Red Tarn Cove area.
The 4 of us followed each other about all day. (Me and Steve. Karl and Graham) We got started on Blade Runner IV then Viking Buttress left hand IV,5 and finished with a solo of V corner III.

Top day out.

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