Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Monday, 11 March 2013

11-03-13, Liathach, Torridon, North-West Highlands - Winter Climbing

Classic Torridon.
Another week of North West paradise in the diary this week. I am working on a Moran Mountain Intro Winter Climber course. Terrance and I went to Liathach to do some ice climbing. Poachers Fall, The Salmon Leap and Umbrella Fall are looking in tremendous condition. The hard neve is still in abundance with only a slight dusting of new snow to speak of. We climbed George (obviously my favorite route up here!) but finished with the Sinister Prong. This was well iced and had a couple of bulging vertical pitches, great value at IV,5. Topped out to yet another stunning Liathach view - 'you've got to love the north west when there's high pressure (why aye)'.
Terrance approaching Spidean.
Top of first steep crux of Sinister Prong.
Pleased to be at the top of the difficulties.
Approach slopes.
Spidean - 'rime ice bigger than man'.
I never bore of taking this shot!
View from the office today!

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