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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Primo Scottish Winter Climbing

It’s February, it’s cold and I have been looking at conditions and sharpening my axes since December when it first started snowing. I was lucky enough to land myself in a good week with ‘primo connies’ and felt very excited for my first play in the snow in Scotland!

This season in Scotland has been good so far (the occasional thaw) but conditions seem to be holding up quite well. The scenery was quite extraordinary. Postcard style snowy mountain tops and dry walk-ins made the walking and climbing just that little bit more special.

Throughout the week we climbed Twisting groves - IV5+ Scabbard Chimney V6 on Stob Coire nan Lochan, East Buttress on Beinn Eighe - IV5 and Point Five Gully V5 on Ben Nevis. Thanks to Andrew Marshall for the photos, patient belays and putting up with my scared/slow climbing!

Warm up day on Twisting Groves - easy ground at the top

East Buttress - easy snow slopes on the top

Crux corner on East Buttress

Rogue Pitch on Point Five Gully (without spindrift)

Rogue Pitch on Point Five Gully (with spindrift!)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018
By Michael Morrell
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