Thursday 19 March 2009

A little ice

Day 4 of the Intro. Winter Climbing Course I'm running for Glenmore Lodge and we went in search of some water ice. Despite the warm temperatures (and a little more water than we wanted!) we found plenty fat ice on the right of Coire an Lochain beneath the main buttresses. we looked at placing and removing screws, making abalakov/ 'v' threads as anchors and climbed a couple of good, long, open pitches before abseiling back down. We finished on the ice by bottom-roping something a little steeper. The last part of the day was spent looking at belaying from bucket seats and using snow anchors before Matt led Joe and I a scorching pace back to the car park (I think he just wanted to be first for tea and cake).


Talisman Mountaineering | Cairngorm Guides said...

You mean right of Coire an Lochain as opposed to left of the Coire Lochan ;-)

Alan said...

Dope, left, right, I've 'god a cold, leab be alode' :-)


Alan said...

Changed now :-)