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Boot Failure

Published: 30 Dec 2010 in Staff at Play, Winter Conditions.

Today we headed over East where it is a little colder and more snow. We skinned into the Corrie’s to climb Aladdin’s Mirror Direct, head out over the top and back down the ski runs. The plan was scuppered when Andrews boot fell apart, one of the bolts that hold the thing together fell out rendering his progression disabled so we limped back to the van and out...Read more

Testing the Limits of Soft Shell

Published: 29 Dec 2010 in Staff at Play, Winter Conditions.

Alan Halewood was free to climb with so we headed in to have a look at what was safe and possible during this slight thaw and mild conditions. As we walked in the ice in the Castle Coire was so obvious that we went to Compression Crack. we solo’ed up to the foot of the first steep ice pitch for me to take the first lead of the day. The second pitch traversed right...Read more

Skiing

Published: 28 Dec 2010 in Staff at Play.

Well it would be a shame to come north and not use my new ski’s. Today we slid about the slopes of the Nevis Range.Read more

Sgurr Finnasg-aig Falls

Published: 27 Dec 2010 in Staff at Play, Winter Conditions.

Driving through Glencoe ice fall after ice fall were cascading off every crag and gully line. The Screan, No. 6 Gully where both in. Elliot’s Downfall was close. It would have made sense to stop on the way through but as my climbing partner for the week was still in Kendal alternatives had to be found. Bridget Thomas and Andrew were easily persuaded to join in...Read more

Grey Mere’s Tale

Published: 26 Dec 2010 in Staff at Play, Winter Conditions.

So the van was packed with toys for a weeks play in Scotland with a pall from the Lake’s & keys hidden for him to drive to Moffat to pick me up after escaping from the family. Andy, Ellen, Frith and Alex dived into Andy’s car. We met another Andy at Southwaite Services before joining the swarm of Boxing day climbers.Frith lead Alex and Ellen up the RH...Read more

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