Friday, 23 April 2010

Ben Nevis 23rd April

Grim on the Ben today.

Poor visibility, constant snow, spin drift avalanches and hot aches to top if off. Me and Liam were on Kellett's Route VI,6 *** today

Fantastic Steep route but made much harder by the conditions today.

Last day on the hill for me this winter season.

Got to be one of the best seasons I've had.

Line of Kellett's on a good day

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Ben Nevis 18th April

Me and Steve had a later than planned start, due to heavy rain at 04:30 this morning.
Fresh snow had fallen over night down to the CIC. But the sun was shining by about 10:00 when we got to the base of our route.
Steve had his eye on Point 5 V,5 **** so he got the ball rolling on the first pitch.
It's in great shape right now with bomber neve and some great ice, making the Rouge Pitch very easy.
Topped out into fantastic sunshine at 13:00 for a spot of sun bathing.

Great Alpine conditions.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Cluster F*%k.......Why we love it.

Phew, nearly there, phew, just a bit more. Slack, SLACK! Clip that peg. Thank f*ck. Right, gear in, where? Ahhh, hotaches f*ck, f*ck, fuuuuckk, shit, I think I’m gonna be sick, f*ck, come on you bastards ahhhh god that hurts ahhh come onnnnn! Got to get some gear in. Try this crack. Nope. Ah this looks like a good one, just dig the ice out. Bastard, flared. Try this one, blind. Kick a better stance……there. Right, try this…..yessss. Bomber! Clove hitch on that, clove hitch on the peg, SAFE! Three bits of gear my arse. Two tugs on the rope. Come on. What did he say? He must be off belay now. Take in. Wish I could see him. Wish I could hear him. Ah slack rope. Take in, take in, take in, take in. Where the f*ck am I going to put all this? Sure I climbed farther than that. Tight rope. On belay, climb when ready…………. ON BELAY CLIMB WHEN READY……………. ON F*CKING BELAY…..did he say climbing? Just take in. Yes he’s coming. Ahhh, I can see him. Lets see how he copes with this…... Oh well he is seconding. Here he comes. Nowhere to stand, I’ll just tie him off. Hand the sling over. Any more gear? Nope…. Oh yes just this, sorry. It’s just up there, looks pretty straightforward, on you go. Wait……. WAIT! If you go over this rope and under that one. Oh FFS. Over this one and under that one! Right. Off you go. Watch those crampons, nearly took me eye out! Go on. What is he mincing about at? Hope he gets some gear in soon. Spindrift. Bastard. Straight down me neck. Get this hood up. What the f*ck? Ah. Slings in the way. Just lift them over me head. Oh ffs. Packs in the way. Look at those bastard clouds coming in, hope he hurries up. Think I need a dump. Thwack! F*ck me that hurt, Thwack, if he knocks one more bit of ice down I’m gonna ram this ice axe up his arse! Thwack! BASTARD! Need to swap legs, nope that won’t work, I’ll just turn around, f*cking pack’s in the way again, f*ck it, I’ll just take the pain. WHAT IS HE F*CKIN DOING? He’s stopped now, must be there, oh, moving again, Christ it’s just a stroll, get the f*ck on with it! Hands are getting cold now. Toes are getting cold. Those clouds are moving in. Wonder what time it is? Was that SAFE? WHAT? Can’t see him. Was that two tugs? He must be there by now. I’ll start stripping the belay….. SAFE! Oh well, I heard it that time. OFF BELAY! Wait, WAIT! F*CKIN WAIT WILL YA! SLACK! Ok, get this nut out. Come ooonnnnn yooooo baaaastaaard! There. Take in, TAKE IN, TAKE F*CKIN IN!
CLIMBING! ……………………………….Christ, this is hard.

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Ben Nevis 3rd April

Busy at the CIC last night.
Awoke this morning to poor visibility and snow.
Rubicon Wall was are planned route, but we were beat to it.
So we decided on Left Edge Route V,5***
Great route if a little time consuming!

Top couple of days on the Ben.

Teams in Point 5

Friday, 2 April 2010

Ben Nevis 2nd April

It was 02:30 this morning when we arrived at the CIC Hut.
Blow out on the A82, beer with Paul and Lindsay, and then a 1h 25m walk in with 2 full rucksacks took it's toll on Me and Nathan.

After 4hrs sleep and numerous cups of tea we headed for Observatory Buttress V,5***
Liam joined us having stayed in his Motor home last night.

Perfect neve and ice made for a easy and enjoyable ascent of Observatory. Topping out with fantastic views right over to Skye.

As we descended No4 Gully, Liam noticed that the not often in condition Diana V,5** looked climbable.
So with some carefull avalanche avoidance, we got to the base of Diana.
A excellent steep ice chimney-gully leads to the thin ice slabs. One of the best grade V's I've done on the Ben.

Paul and Lindsay had climbed Riders on the Storm VI,5***

Back to the CIC for some needed food, wine and sleep.

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