Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Adventures on the mainland

Just returned from a slightly bruising few days on the mainland finally getting to grips with some winter climbing. Its been a while and teh effort cold and scariness came as a bit of a shock on Friday, when we headed in to Stob Coire nan Lochain, Glencoe, to do Forked Gully Right Hand (II/III). The top ice pitch was thin and exciting. Wally lead up with no real problems but said afterwads it felt tough. Definately grade III on Friday!

Final ice pitch of forked Gully RH

On Saturday we took the Gondola up Aonach Mor and headed to the West Face. The routes here are really long and wild with a remote feel to the mountain despite being so close to the ski areas. We picked Western Rib, (III), which at 500m was probably a bit ambitious for two rusty climbers. We took far too long and finished in the dark, and enjoyed our comeuppance in the form of a very long walk back down to the van. We did get a good look at the world cup downhill mountain bike trail. Its steep!!Top of the Nevis Range, Aonach Mor Ski runs at night....


Neil said...

Looks like you had a magic time. Very jealous, I have a few weekends of winter fun planned for later in the month - can't wait.
Your blog is looking great!

Lucy Wallace said...

Thanks Neil!
I'm hoping the conditions stay good as we are both doing our winter ML training at the lodge in a couple of weeks!