Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
From here we weren't too sure of how much snow was in the couloir itself but as a grade II/III we thought it would make a good end to the season (if it is the end!).
As far as we could tell, Central Gully was complete; The Runnel looked bare in the chimney (?), not sure if Central Left Hand, Crotched or Spiral were complete. Jacobs Ladder and Aladdins Coulior (not in picture) looked ok.
Willy, leading the way up to the base of the Fiacaill Buttress.
Almost alpine conitions as Gordon makes his way up the approach slopes to the couloir.
Viewed from the Fiacaill Ridge, which we descend, the couloir looks deceptively steep and patchy, which it was (patchy that is). I remember looking at it last year as we came up the ridge and thought, "What kind of idiots go up there!" Ahem.
Looking back into the couloir from further down the ridge, with Coire an Lochan over to the right.
All in all a hard (for us) but enjoyable day, despite the snow/ice conditions (or lack of in some places), and we managed to stay fastened to the mountain by some means for 99.9% of the time!!!
Hopefully we will make it back next year and climb it earlier in the season!
Monday, 13 April 2009
We then moved the anchor points for the top rope higher up the quarry for a longer climb, and then practised belaying a second using an Italian Hitch, indirectly (more like the kind of belay we might use on a winter gully).