Saturday, 23 January 2010

Ben Nevis, Compression Crack

A mainly sunny and calm day on the Ben today. Frosty this morning creating the main danger of the day - black ice on the drive over. The snow has started to harden with many slopes now turning into neve.

We picked a line up one of the cascades below Carn Derag this morning. There are a variety of possibilities from grade 3 to 5, all in good shape.

Next we wandered over to the obvious ice on Compression Crack which was fat. The higher icy chimney also provided some great moves, though not so easy when an isolated spin drift avalanche is pouring onto your head!

We stayed hoped for the upper easy slopes as they were a bit loaded in isolated sections with various layers within the pack.

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