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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Awesome conditions and NO wind!

Superb winter climbing conditions, superb rock climbing conditions, superb skiing conditions!
Too many choices though I packed the skis and ice climbing kit and chose the winter climbing option.
It was a very sociable day chatting to lots of folk enjoying the fine climbing and weather including Giancarlo, Graham, Ben and Lee.
I ended up getting a least half dozen winter routes done on bomber neve and ice before a wander over to check out the Loch Avon basin and doze in the sun - dozing is something we old folks do well!
Loch Avon was completely unfrozen and Stag Rocks bone dry but plenty of ice on Hells Lum with the mighty Shelterstone and Carn Etchachan also looking good.
Fiacaill Couloir, Goat Track Gully, Red Gully, Spiral Gully, Central Gully Left, Aladdin's Mirror, Hidden Chimney Direct and Hidden Chimney were superb though the fun crux of Goat Track was the bergschrund at the start!
Yukon Jack, Haston Line were a bit mix and match on good soft ice and the worrying cornice at the top of Hidden Chimney was solid and easily climbed despite being in the sun.
Opening Break looked straight forward too as long as the exit is frozen. Lots of photo from today here and videos below.

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