Thursday 4 March 2010

North West Scotland

On Monday 1st March we headed North with the intention of climbing on Meall Gorm (Bealach na Ba), unfortunately there was not enough of the white stuff but as it was such a lovely day we parked at the top of the pass and walked out to the summit of Sgurr a'Chaorachain. Frozen snow and ice made for easy walking with crampons.

Tuesday was another glorious day so we did the A'Chioch ridge of Beinn Bhan. A superb classic winter mountaineering route in a splendid location. The first part is a fine grade 1 ridge which leads to the foot of about 150m of fairly steep, continuous grade 2 climbing up short walls, gullies and grooves. Runners and belays can be found where you want them and all good nut and sling placements. After topping out from this onto a flat top there followed a delightful snowy, airy arete to the plateau. A pleasant finish to a fabulous route!

We walked the Graham of Beinn a' Chlachain on Wednesday by its long SW Ridge, knolly and with lots of frozen lochains. Would be quite boggy in summer!

Today it is back to the desk as well as sorting kit!