Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Thursday, 7 March 2013

06-03-13, Ben Nevis - Winter Climbing

Compression Crack pitch 1 thanks for the photo Garry.
On the Ben again with Garry, ice still awesome, we left a lot of kit on the mountain yesterday so we could walk in casually with lite sacks. We wandered up to try and climb Raeburn's Buttress but there was already another team on it, Boomer's Requiem looked ace but I have already done that. Compression Crack looked ace so we climbed that, good grade V ice not a hook in sight! We abseiled off then climbed The Castle, a fun route, most of it fairly easy apart from one grade III crux pitch at the top. Great neve and ice a joy to climb. Kath and her mountaineering team climbed South Castle Gully, very atmospheric with a grade II pitch at the start.
The Shroud, Boomers, Compression Crack, The Castle.
Looking down the impressive scenic South Castle Gully.

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