Winter Mountaineering Course - Scotland


ROCK CLIMBING - CUMBRIA (Lakes) (1 to 4 days),
SNOWDONIA (3 to 5 days)

NAVIGATION Courses - CUMBRIA (Lakes) (1 or 2 days)

Friday, 1 January 2010

No 6 Gully Aonach Dubh

What an amazing route! Park where the Clachaig Inn road meets the A82 and look South at the big West Face of Aonach Dubh. Today it had limited snow on the face it but in the gullys is some fantastic ice.
Number 6 gully (IV.4 ***) is 240 meters with great climbing throughout.

Following a late start (Oops! But that's another story) we passed other groups and arrived with just one pair ahead of us. It seems we managed to avoid the crowds again.

We placed loads of screws, a peg and small wire and found a few bits of in-situ bits of gear.

Swinging leads and a bit of moving together we made great progress, stopping to chat and disagree about whether the crux was the iced corner, or the the long ice pitch with the peg in the left wall.

We topped out, grabbed out kit and helped another party with their ropes before decending in the gathering dark.

Another wonderful day with great company on a fantastic route.

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