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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Windy and warmer on the Mirror

A slight blip in the perfect weather today. It was windy with a grey sky, the snow surface was excellent though softening slightly.
Chris wanted to climb some steep ice so Fi joined us and we headed up to the Mirror Direct to form an orderly and polite queue!
Despite the slightly warmer temperatures the thick bue ice was in excellent condition and still very dry. We continued up the Mirror's perfect neve slopes for a bit. Then followed a super direct narrow icy chimney I'd previously spotted.
This ran up to the top of the RH knife edged Aladdin's Arete and the plateau!
Really nice climbing in the icy chimney to the notch on the arete overlooking Aladdin's Couloir. The last 15 metres on the exposed alpine-like rock arete was bare but good fun and very photogenic!
Photos and more details on Fi's blog here and on Chris blog here


Unknown said...

That chimney line is noted in SMC Journal 2010 after I climbed it in 2009. But it had definitely been done before as there was a big old peg in it (on the right wall).

Talisman Mountaineering | Cairngorm Guides said...

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