Thursday, 23 December 2010

Ice Climbing with Liam today on the slabs of the Glean a Chaolais

I had a fab day out. Looking forward to some Family time and a great Christmas with the kids now.
Liam after pitch two on The Posse Slab.

Liam leading on lovely ice.

A great venue if super cold.

Andy on What's the Story. Thanks to Liam for great pic!

Today I went with Liam, to have a look at the Routes of the Posse, IV and What's the Story III/IV. Both were in quite good condition. We started with the route What's the Story and this gave two great long pitches of climbing at grade IV. The ice was good, with water running behind the main fall, but the turf was not frozen! The upper runnels were very wet. A long Abseil from a good tree took us back to the foot of the route.

Liam was keen to Lead so we headed over to the huge wide expanse of ice which leads up onto the Posse IV. This slab is grade 11/111 ground and ideal for Liam's first Ice lead. The screws went in well and in 50m he was at good sound ice belay. Another two pitches saw us out left on another huge tree belay and a grassy walk off in the dusk of evening!
I think this has been one of the most fun days out I have had in the Scottish mountains. It is always great going some where new for the first time and the climbing was pleasantly challenging.
It has been a fantastic year with some amazing diverse work, with charming clients. Thanks to all. Our Courses start up again in January so until then have a wonderful Festive time and an adventurous New Year, best wishes from the Hebridean Pursuits Ltd team.