Archive for March, 2009
The week ahead looks pretty similar to at least a couple of weather patterns we have seen this winter. It depends where the high pressure decides to lay its head. Check out Ten days Weather and you can see we are never far away from some cold air. Watch out for falling cornices though if it gets a little milder. The ice high on Ben Nevis is ‘fat’ and will not go missing for a while yet. He said hopefully:)
Head north folks. BBC weather were showing high pressure, good weather into the week ahead. Conditions should be good.
Hi Alan. Climbed Glovers Chimney yesterday on excellent ice and with the top chimney in good condition. This said, I did however manage to drop a Petzl Aztar hammer from the first belay. Any chance you could post this on your website to see if any kind soul chanced upon it? Many thanks Alex Wheeldon.
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Thanks to David Haygarth for these photos taken from Coire na Ciste on Ben Nevis today. Pretty good effort getting that far David in the blizzard conditions today.
Tomorrows avalanche hazard is set to increase.
The initial hard pitch on Tower Ridge out of the Douglas Gap.
Thanks to David Haygarth for this photo looking into Italian Climb from Coire na Ciste on Ben Nevis today.
Hi there Alan.
My name is Dave Sharpe and I’m a young lakes based climber who has stayed at your bunkhouse a couple of times. I’m getting in touch to ask a small favour. I was up climbing Observatory Buttress yesterday (24th March) on the Ben and managed to drop a small rack of large wired nuts. We went back around down Tower gully to look but they weren’t there and i think someone may have picked them up in passing. I think your site is excellent for checking conditions and i use it a lot. I’ve noticed you sometimes spread the word about ‘lost’ kit dropped on routes etc, and wondered if you wouldn’t mind mentioning the nuts on your blog. I would be very grateful…
They are 5/6 wired nuts of around size 6 and up on a single crab, and are all marked with green / yellow and black electrical tape.
On the plus side the route was in good condition with fat ice most of the way after avoiding the fist pitch by going right. The only problem being the amount of spindrift coming down at times…!
I will be dotting around Fort William for a while and should anything turn up will be contactable on this email address or mob no:07706 043407.
Been on the Ben today and climbed Two Step Corner and Indicator Wall. Found the routes to be in great shape with good screws for the most part. Some slab is building up in Observatory Gully area in small pockets and it did not really feel that cold but lots of ice seems to be forming. Have attached a photo that Matt Stygall took of me on Two Step
Cheers Chris Walker