Monday, 21 March 2011

No. 3 Gully Buttress , Ben Nevis.

Nice and warm today, I didn't have to wear to many layers. However the ice was a bit soggy and snow certainly damp.

I was working for Abacus today with Terry and Graham again. We headed up the Ben in search of ice and a safe route to climb. The snow in the Ciste is certainly wet but generally stable, now in one homogeneous layer. There was however a fair bit of debris that had fallen down from above, presumably cornice collapse.

We went for the Quickstep start then across on No. 3 Buttress. Climbable ice, even took ok screws, keeping away from anything that may want to detach itself from above.

Things were certainly disappearing quickly. Vanishing and Waterfall gully were living up to there name. It was very claggy today so impossible to see other routes.

As long as things hold in tomorrow looks like it is getting colder from Wednesday and the snow will readily turn to neve.

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