Saturday, 3 April 2010

Number 3 Gully Buttress





Back to Ben Nevis today. Rich was out to shadow me working with Mark as we went to Coire na Ciste to climb No. 3 Gully Buttress. We weren't alone it being an Easter wekend and as well as a couple of teams on our route a group climbed the upper part of 2 Step Corner, several teams climbed Green Gully, Heike and Brian were on Diana, a team climbed Thompson's Route and at least 4 people headed round the other side of the Comb. It was a misty day with a little snow to start but it felt warmer on the plateau- moist and still. Plenty of snow and rime still on No. 3 Gully Buttress though. We came down the Red Burn and spotted quite a bit of debris and shattering caused by the large avalanches a few weeks ago.

2 comments:

Mark R said...

Hi Al,
Best two days climbing ever - great route hairy enough for me, Cannot recommend your guiding enough.
on return to Abz I noted that one of my axes pick attachment bolt & spring washer was missing - don't know when and not dwelling on when ! but I shall check regularly when used from now on. Ordered one from Grivel.
Happy days and still got the smile which will last for months.

Mark Ritchie.

Alan said...

Glad you enjoyed it mat- a great couple of days for your first roped climbs.