Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

05-03-13, Ben Nevis - Winter Climbing

Garry climbing some steep ice on Hadrian's Wall Direct
 On the Ben today, trying to make the most of the excellent ice and conditions present before the wet thaw kicks in later this week. Garry and I climbed Hadrian's Wall Direct - Quality! Great condition as long as you have sharp picks and crampons, hardly any hooks, it was more like pure water ice on the first couple of pitches. There is ice everywhere up high with loads of routes to go at and not many people about, get on it quick before it disappears.
Hadrian's to Point 5 to Observatory Buttress.
It wasn't as steep as the first photo makes it look!
Don't forget to leave 2 spare Ice Screws for the belay or you will belay off this!

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