Sunday 27 March 2016

After the storm-a little more winter!

Claire and I have had some great weather in previous years but this time round we haven't been so fortunate. Yesterday we took the indoor option to avoid the rain and spent the day at the Ice Factor on the indoor rock and ice walls. Today we filled a wee gap in Claire's CV, she's already done Golden Oldy and Western Rib so today we added Gendarme Ridge to the trio. We were joined by Rory for the day and predictably after the deluge the ground was damp under the fresh snow which had a rain crust above it in many places. We made good time and even enjoyed a little blue sky. On the descent we looked into Easy Gully on the east face where there was clear evidence of slab avalanches in the form of 2 crown walls probably released by the cornice collapsing.
 Claire on ice
Getting steep
The Summit Ribs
Crusty snow
 Keeping it interesting on Gendarme Ridge
 Wintery but warm
Keeping I/II interesting
Come on up
 Short but steep
The Gendarme
End of the difficulties
 Summit selfie
 Easy Gully

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