Monday, 15 March 2010

Point Five Gully

Scotland 11th to 14th March

Jonah is making full use of the continuing winter weather:

Evening Folks, Just back from another jaunt up north - top trip.

Left home with MarkB at 20:00 on Thursday, got to the north face car park by 2:00 Friday, slept in the car for the grand total of 2 & 1/2 hours (two people + kit in an ibiza = snug).

Headed up the Ben and got to the CIC for 7:00ish. Headed out towards the North East Buttress, but got to the middle of tower gully and noticed no-one was on Point 5 - well what can be said...

Led the up to the rogue pitch in two long pitches, I got the first complete with a mega spindrift shower, Mark got the second chimney pitch (best pitch of the climb). I pulled over the last bulge of his pitch to see him happliy belayed to the base of the rogue pitch. So up and over I went (really steep for a few moves), and into the upper gully. A couple more pitches, some moving together, a dodgy cornice, and all of a sudden two climbers with big daft grins were standing on the summit.

Funnily enough the Ben was descended quite rapidly to showers and hero beers...

1) Looking up the gully from the bottom.

2) Mark starting the 2nd pitch.

3) Mark belayed to the bottom of the rogue pitch.

On saturday we joined up with Si, Martin, and AndyM and went to Stob Coire Nam Beith in Glen Coe. Conditions were not brilliant, so Andy and Mark elected for Rugby and beer. Si, Martin and myself climbed the first couple of pitches of No 1 Buttress, and then finished off up Arch Gully to the summit. Made for a really nice long climb of about 240m grade III. Went down far Clachaig beer, and went and found the boys - another top day.

Looking forwards to the next adventure...