Tuesday 17 March 2009

All change

Day 2 of our intro. to winter climbing course and we had Fiacaill Couloir to ourself most of the day. We walked in the calm cool air and blazing sunshine and all the signs were that there had been a good freeze overnight. Sure enough the route was an icey playground with styrofoam snow and god ice. We climbed in series to give Matt and Joe the chance to build some belays and bring each other up. Higher up we switched to parallel to up the pace heading for the sun. We were greeted with a chill wind on the top so we hurried back down the Goat Track to shed some layers for the walk out. Alex (the younger) from the Lodge bar and Kev climbed Short Circuit, Phil took a team up Invernookie (reporting it much better than it looked from below). The usual suspects around the Trident Buttresses all also saw ascents. The MIC Assessment course reported good conditions on Ben Nevis with ascents of Green Gully, Comb Gully and Central Right Hand. Expect a busy day up there tomorrow as there will be 6 candidates each with 2 clients doing their best to provide a good day's climbing instruction. Today I was working for Glenmore Lodge.

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