Thursday, 10 January 2013

A stunner on the Ben today!

After a fairly depressing day yesterday,  a good forecast rejuvenated the mindset and another 0530hrs alarm was on the cards. Davie, Joe and myself headed high on the Ben after seeing that some snow and ice had survived well. We headed up Observatory gully to Good Friday Climb (III). Good firm snow in the gully allowed us to make reasonable time up. We traversed under Indicator wall to the start and were very pleased to find absolutely bomber neve, first time axe and foot placements.

The crux pitch was a bit thin but still good fun and it did take a few short ice screws. The freeze over yesterday and today has certainly improved things as some rime was forming higher up now. We topped out to stunning sunshine and an inversion south and eastwards. The pictures say it all really...
Crux pitch Good Friday Climb(III)