Tuesday 26 March 2013

A cold climb- No.6 Gully on Aonach Dubh

Today John and I went down to Glencoe to climb the Cold Climbs classic No. 6 Gully on the west face of Aonach Dubh. From the car park we knew there were a few teams ahead of us so we took our time on the walk in. The weather was fine with the odd light snow shower and some bright spells.
The very bottom pitch is very banked out compared to the last time I did it and the first ice pitch was moist. After the easy 3rd pitch we caught up with the other teams a the short, steep fourth pitch. Using the extensive ice I was able to get an alternate belay and that meant that it was only at the base of the fifth (crux) pitch (another alternate belay that we had to wait a few minutes. This was in quite good nick though a bit hacked about giving a couple of steep pulls (well protected though).
One more pitch of good climbing and we traversed off right to get an easy descent down firm snow. 1 team had gone on to Deep Cut Chimney, the ice falls to the left of that look well formed and I also hear that Crowberry Gully was good today.
Classic ice, good nick, fine weather- what's not to like?
West face of Aonach Dubh
 Our third pitch
 Catching up
 Looking down our fourth pitch
 Alternate belays to avoid the queues and keep out of the line of fire
Looking up the crux
 In the bag!
 Stob Coire Nam Beith and beyond
John and No.6 Gully

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