Tuesday, 11 December 2012

11.12.12 - Tower Gully I, Ben Nevis

Today Dave, Kev and I had wandered up to see what kinda nick the Ben was in with a view to climbing The Curtain IV,5. However after a closer look, it became apparent that although close, and looking decent on the upper sections, the first pitch wasn't quite good enough for climbing just yet.  Kev bailed to check the condition of a rock route he was keen to get done and Dave and I decided we would head up Observatory Gully, and up through Tower Gully to get a good look at how things were shaping up.  Conditions in the gully were varied and there was a fair bit of slab in all the usual areas.  On topping out from Tower Gully, we were blessed with amazing views, and particularly good views of the Cuillin of Skye. There were teams on other routes today such as North East Buttress, No3 Gully and an Edinburgh team who didn't quite know where they were or where they were going ...or much else at all. What a cracking day!

Coire na Ciste today

Carn Dearg and Trident today

NE Buttress today

Observatory Gully today

CMD and left hand section of Indicator Wall today

The view heading down towards No4

the all new, all singing, all dancing No4 Gully marker Cairn

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