I have let things lapse when it comes to the blog just lately, lots been going on with trips to Wales, The Peak District and work in centres locally. So the plan is to get stuck into the blogs this year, so without further ado lets start 2016 off.
Scotland February 2016
A week of personal winter climbing with friends and fellow Norwich Climbing & Mountaineering Club members, staying at Calluna in Fort William (Alan Kimbers place) we got out and about on Ben Nevis and in Glencoe for some great fun.
7 bods in all, James,Roger, Darryl, Steve, Andy & Fiona arrived Saturday with me dragging my heels and turning up Monday morning at 7.30am. A long drive through the night and after being up for 24hr Monday was a bit of a washout for me. The rest headed out Monday with Jamie Bankhead for a days avalanche awareness training on the Ben, from all accounts it was a great day with lots learned. I did drag myself up after a couple of hours sleep and parked in the North Face car park and in just over an hour was at the CIC hut, not to shabby I thought to myself. I could see the group up in Coire na Ciste doing there thing, deciding to let them get on I had a spot of lunch and took a gentle stroll back to the car.
Day 2 was better, after a good nights sleep Shoolhouse Ridge on Sgurr Dearg a grade II winter climb was the target and succeeded on a great day out.
Day 3 Sgurr a'Mhaim, a stroll a long stroll, 1050m of ascent and then decent. Parked in Glen Nevis and headed of, low cloud, snow, wind and big cornices. Good day and views when it cleared briefly.
Day 4 Curved Ridge on the Buachaille today's objective, reports didn't look to bad and only 20/30% of falling stuff, Let me tell you that 20/30% chance was right on us. It snowed, snowed and then decided to snow some more. Buy the time we reached the basin 2" of snow had fallen, this meant our exit route was becoming a little bit iffy as it is a known avalanche spot so best part of valour we backed of and headed down. Wise choice back at the car it looked a little bit dodgy to say the least. And when you get other teams backing of too you know you got it right.
Day 5 left just Steve and myself as the rest headed of home. Stob Coire nan Lochan and Forked Gully the target, go left a grade II or right grade III. Buy far the best day beautiful blue sky's windy and cold but stunning. The long walk in was worth it but sadly Forked Gully was out as both lines had big cornices, so up Broad Gully (bit of a snow plod) to amazing views along the ridge and back down.
Last shot taken, makes it all worth while.