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Stob Ban

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
Dion and Mike enjoying the good views

Dion and Mike enjoying the good views

Today Dion, Mike and myself headed up to Stob Ban for some Mont Blanc training. winds were light temps were just right all though it could have been colder. We Descended the north ridge which gave us some good sport and exposure on the snow crests. The weather did eventually clear and we were rewarded with some good views.

 

CIC Hut

Friday, March 28th, 2014

To day John and I climbed Thompsons route which was in excellent condition and with a nice walk to the summit and decent vis core Leis, it was a nice way to finish are quick hit to the cic hut. Sorry about the lack o pics my battery said no due to the cold.

Good conditions a lover the mountain at the moment and a lot of ice to go at as well. care is still needed as their are still some large cornices about. Point five’s is still very big. Routes climbed to day, Orion direct, Sickle, green gully tower ridge are the ones that I could see. I’m sure more got climbed. Defiantly worth a walk!

John enjoying Good snice on Thompsons.

John enjoying Good snice on Thompsons.

SCNL Twisting Gully

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Yesterday Colin and I heading in to SCNL to have a look. We found loads of snow and the trail from the previous day gone. We made our way slowly but steadily in to the corrie and eventually up to Twisting Gully. The wind was blowing strait up the crag so the gully was striped back to good climbable snow . we started up twisting groves looking for some interesting climbing as the the first main pitch of Twisting gully is almost gone.

twisting gully. nice views but windy!

twisting gully. nice views but windy!

a little further up the gully. wind assisted

a little further up the gully. wind assisted

Ah the iced mono a good indication of spin drift!

Ah the iced mono a good indication of spin drift!

Was good to get in the sun.

Was good to get in the sun.

Winter is back!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

With a rather large dump of snow last night any idea of heading up ben nevis was put on hold! So me Steve and Richard wadded are way up to the East Ridge of the north top. brilliant fun loads of snow and some sun shine on the way down!

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Sun Shine! not seen that  much.

Sun Shine! not seen that
much.

Second half of the CIC hut week.

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Well the weather continued to be un helpful but with a few extra coffees in the morning and a few late starts we managed to get some climbing done, Garadh gully into glovers chimney (this was an expedition!), moonlight gully, an attempt on Observatory Buttress but the weather had other ideas one abseil and then tower scoop and upper tower cascade rescued the day. The Last day was an early start and it was a trip up to no.3 Gully buttress, and came away with two-step start in to no.3 Gully Buttress and Thompsons Route a good way to finish a full scottish week at the CIC Hut. IMG_3428 IMG_3426

Mike and Ian on tower ridge.

Mike and Ian on tower ridge.

Both teams on the top of no.3 gully buttress.

Both teams on the top of no.3 gully buttress.

Tim, Stephen and David

Tim, Stephen and David

Me, Ian and Mike

Me, Ian and Mike

Warm and wet but cold again tomorrow. Fingers crossed

Friday, March 14th, 2014

A wee bit wetter than forecasted this morning and a colder forecast we decided to move are climbing day till tomorrow. We are all hoping that the ice routes are holding in up on the ben time will tell.

In the mean time this is worth a read and considering when you are making plans to climb this week.

This not today! but lets hope it returns, fingers crossed.

This not today! but lets hope it returns, fingers crossed.

http://saismeagaidh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/conundrum.html

Headed East

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

With the warm temperatures and rain forecasted we headed to the Cairngorms for some mixed climbing. It was warm there too but their were no cornices above the Fiacaill Buttress. Gaz and Michael climbed Invernookie, it was in good condition with plenty of ice to climb the snow was getting soft towards the end of the day. We climbed The Seam it was wet but had some good ice in the back of the cracks. Fiacaill couloir had a steady stream of people going up it. Not much else happening in the rest of the corrie because of the risk of cornices.

good ice on the Seam.

good ice on the Seam.

spot the climbers

spot the climbers

Coire an Lochain! looks menacing  at the moment.

Coire an Lochain! looks menacing at the moment.

More sun shine.

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Its all ways getting up early, quiet routes and good views. today me and Adrian climbed Minus 3 and the continued up NE Buttress. on the summit for lunch in the sun we had another team climb minus 3 later in the morning too, Plenty of folk enjoying Tower ridge, Observatory Ridge, routes on the Orion  and minus face it was another especial day.

Early morning light on the NE Buttress

Early morning light on the NE Buttress

just coming thought the crux of minus 3.

just coming thought the crux of minus 3.

Hight up on NE Buttress

High up on NE Buttress

Heading to the summit for a well earn't butty

Heading to the summit for a well earn’t butty

 

Busy on the Ben

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Paul was out on tower ridge with Chris and Andrew. they had an amazing day with good views and sun shine! a rear treat this winter.

The summit of Ben Nevis

The summit of Ben Nevis

just coming out of tower gap.

just coming out of tower gap.

 

Their were lots of teams out on the orion face and the minus face. all enjoying very good climbing conditions. I was out with Donald King and we climbed Left Hand route. a brilliant route. Still a lot of big cornice about so careful route choice is still needed. there were 3 reported cornice incident today.

1st pitch of left hand route

1st pitch of left hand route

other teams enjoying the good conditions

other teams enjoying the good conditions

spot the climbers.

spot the climbers.

the guys on tower ridge.

the guys on tower ridge.

 

High Pressure.

Monday, March 10th, 2014

After a very wet day yesterday the weather came good for us today.

The best view

The best view

 

 

We had two teams out on Ben Nevis. Paul, Chris and Andrew was out on Ledge Route, they enjoyed some brilliant views for the north face today.

The other team was myself, Adrian and john (All from the Flat lands!) we climbed the SW ridge of the douglas boulder and then headed over to Green hollow route. Two very nice routes again in stunning scenery.

Their were teams climbing all over the mountain today. It was good to see. we will wait for reports to find out what the ice and condition are like high up on the mountain.

SW Ridge in good condition.

SW Ridge in good condition.

Descending from green hollow route.

Descending from green hollow route.