Saturday 27 February 2010

Return to Steall

As Adam reported yesterday An Steall Ban is formed again and although it was thawing today there is enough snow on it thagt the ice should last for a few days of the forecast weather.
Today I was out with Steve and Dave whose Scottish Climbing experience had yet to include water ice. So we took the opportunity to avoid the hills in their current condition and make and ascent of this great we climb. The guys looked at placing and removing screws, rigging v threads and movement on ice as we climbed up in 4 pitches. We then rigged an abseil descent to end our day.
Andy joined another 20+ people on the zigzags today reporting some heavy going on the crest of Gear Aonach and the descent from Coire nan Lochan. Still lots of unconsolidated snow high up as these skiers found out today.

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