Content about: Ice Climbing

    17 Years ago today (really?!!!) I flew out to Geneva Airport for a weekend of ice climbing on the Mer de Glace, and Col du Midi with West Bromwich Mountaineering Club. Strangely I wrote very little, but posted some cool photographs.


    Mer de Glace, Chamonix

    Central Gully I and The Couloir I

    Creag Meagaidh via Easy Gully

    Photographs from an excellent day winter climbing up Easy Gully, Creag Meagaidh in 2008. I was climbing with Jonathon Howells and Chris Dean of West Bromwich Mountaineering Club, at the winter climbing week that we had each year, staying at Kingussie at the time. I did not write any words at the time, but the pictures tell the story of a day of Scottish winter climbing at its best, culminating on the summit of Creag Meagaidh, via Easy Gully.

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    Ben Macdui and Cairngorm via Jacob’s Ladder I

    Cairngorm via Aladdin’s Couloir

    Climb of the Fiacaill Ridge on Cairn Gorm

    The perfect day. Parking at the ski centre Andy, Ian and I headed over to the Fiacaill ridge between Coire an t-Sneachda and Coire an Lochain, and I volunteered for the first turn at carrying the rope. The ridge is largely a walk up, but climaxing in a grade I/II winter climb, dependent upon the route chosen. Arriving at the climb we missed the start out to avoide a couple of large roped parties, but quickly climbed back up to the ridge.

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    Ice Climbing at the Ice Factor

    An afternoon ice climbing at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, my only achievement during a tonsilitis ridden Hogmanay in Fort William. Accompanied by Chris Dean and Steve Clark, the highlight being a 12m corner climb upto the roof and slightly overhanging, as depiceted in the bridging photographs.

    Chamonix Weekend - Col du Midi & Mer de Glace

    A weekend climbing ice around Chamonix with West Bromwich Mountaineering Club in May 2006. We flew out on the Friday afternoon, and consumed far too much lager in a dodgy Mexican restaurant near the Hotel Louvre in which we stayed. On the Saturday we were turned back by snow conditions on Mont Blanc du Tacul which was clearly waiting to avalanche. On saturday we climbed ice on the Mer de Glace above Montenvers, and on the Sunday we flew home.

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