Monday, 8 March 2010

Salmon Leap & Poachers, Liathach

An early start, 5am to be exact, nearly 5 hours driving through the whole day and a day-off that was meant to be a rest day but it was all worth it.

Beautiful weather up in the Northwest, with an easy walk-in, either on dry ground or frozen neve, took us up to the Northern side of Liathach and the fat ice tumbling down the cliffs. I was climbing with Baggy (after a late night U-turn to stay up North one day longer) and Ian Hey.

We initially climbed Salmon Leap (VI, 6) which had some steep ice and an interesting corner - just the initial curtain was a little thin and fragile. Baggy was sent up this - if it could handle his weight myself and Ian would be fine. An abseil descent put us on Poachers (V, 5) which we followed to the top, again providing steep ice and a fun corner / groove.

Time was spent on top taking the compulsory summit photos and congratulatory handshakes.

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