Friday, 15 February 2013

Invernookie & Twin Ribs

 Large avalanche in Coire an s-Sneachda, Off the slabs to the right of Jacobs Ladder

For the final day of Chris' MIC assessment preparation we walked into Coire an t-Sneachda to look at teaching leading. The crag aprons were covered in deep snow and a large avalanche had come off the slabs to the right of Jacobs Ladder. A few teams had managed to get to the buttresses and were evacuating plenty of snow as they climbed upwards. However the easy gullies were out of the question so we retreated to the Twin Ribs area on the Fiacaill Ridge to look at short roping, ghost roping, soloing and stance management. late afternoon and with Chris as ready as he'll ever be the decision was made to make a speedy ascent of Invernookie III 4 to finish the week on a high. We'd already seen a team on the route who'd been doing plenty of clearing and there was a safe approach so we solo'd to the start of the difficulties and made a very snowy ascent in 2 pitches before a comfortable walk down by headtorch. Best of luck next week Chris and thanks to Jon Gupta for being a willing guinea pig

 Chris running through his ropework on the Twin Ribs

 The approach slopes to Invernookie III 4

Chris & Jon swimming up the first pitch

Jon enjoying the top pitch

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