Monday, 11 March 2013

The Pumpkin, V,4 - Creag Meagaidh 11.03.13

Just for a change today, Dave and I decided to head over to Creag Meagaidh.  We knew the day would be a cold one due to weather forecasts and this was soon seconded as the thermometer in the car read -6oC at the Creag Meagaidh car park, very befitting for a 'Cold Climb' we thought.  Today was without a doubt the coldest day out so far this season.  We chose The Pumpkin (V,4) as the route of choice and geared up and headed to the base of the climb.  The climb itself was very stepped out and a total hook-fest, but a very interesting and worthwhile route.  P1 lead us up a steep water ice pitch (Crux), P2 continued up slightly easier angled water ice, finishing up a snow field to a good rock belay on the left, below an interesting ice bulge, P3 continued up a turfy groove on the right and to easier ground above, just below the cornice, after a very quick and very short 5th pitch, we found ourselves on the summit plateau.  after a quick decent back down in to the coire via the Window, we headed back to the car, a long walk out that didnt take too long!  Another great day in the mountains!

Pumpkin V,4

Enjoying my Banana Soreen loaf after leading P2

Dave about to head off on P4

Unknown team topping out on Cinderella II 

Dave on the descent 

smiling as usual! 

Creag Meagaidh summit plateau 

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