Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

23-02-10, Beinn Bhan - Winter Climbing

The left hand side of Coire na Poite with the clear line of March Hare's Gully seen on the right.

Tuesday, was another beautiful day in paradise - sunny, but cold! We headed into Coire na Poite again, this time to climb the classic March Hare's Gully IV,4. We met some folks yesterday who climbed it and said it was the best route they have ever done! So with that inspiration we had to climb it. It is indeed an ace route, 6 pitches of interest at grade 4 plenty of ice, although we thought maybe 8 teams have already climbed it so getting a little chopped. But it is Cold Climbs route and didn't disappoint. Picture below - Right, first ice pitch and left, second ice pitch. Another couple of teams went to climb Silver Tear which looked climbable, maybe a little steep and thin on the upper icicles. We didn't have chance to find out what it was like as they were still up there somewhere by the time we got down.

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