Wednesday 6 February 2013

Putting a little winter back in climbing. Hidden Chimney.

Rime time
Traversing across the base of the Pottage

 The team above heading up the Chimney
Joe having it
 Matt at the crux
 Nice look Matt!
Topped out! 

Day 3 of our Intro. to Winter Climbing at Glenmore Lodge and things looked reasonable to get into Coire an t Sneachda (and the road was open to the Cas Car Park).
The guys hadn’t done any walking yet this week so their first Scottish Winter walk in with a full rope each (even just to Coire an t Sneachda) was a bit of a wake up call. The vis was poor but the winds weren’t too bad. Not paying attention meant a bit of a detour on the way to the Mess of Pottage (my bad… for following Phil ;-). We got there and there was some nice sensible, polite positioning (well done everyone) so that three teams could all get onto the Slant and we ended up on Hidden Chimney behind one other team.
The Chimney was good; cracks were icey and so was the climbing but some good patches of neve just where you needed it. As we climbed the third and fourth pitches the wind picked up and jackets, gloves, krabs, axes and eyebrows all rimed up rapidly (I can cancel my trip to the spa for exfoliation that’s for sure). The guys got a thorough introduction to very ‘Scottish’ conditions as we headed round to 1141 and down through the ski area.
Snow was a bit spooky today in places even below the Mess of Pottage and just above the ‘flat ice’ (below Fiacaill Buttress) slabs were releasing on very low angled slopes.
Brighter weather tomorrow!


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