What is left up there.

20th February 2009

No pictures today I am afraid. The camera would not work on the hill. Afterwards in the warmth of the office I discovered that this was because someone had put the battery in the wrong way round. Anyway high up on Aonach Mor and the Ben, the climbing looks quite good. The steeper mixed routes are black, but there is plenty of good ice and neve in the gullies. However, with few locations on good nick, these tend to get quite busy. When I had a look down East Gully, there were 11 climbers in the gully on their way down, and I about 20 more getting ready to head down. As I said in the report, be wary of higher climbers who tend to knock off rock and ice, or drop equipment, on top of you. I once had an ice axe dropped about 50 metres down Vanishing Gully (on Ben Nevis) onto my head!
Blair

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