Tuesday, 4 February 2014

SW Ridge (Douglas Boulder)

The CIC Hut with attendant snow drifts

A reasonable forecast tempted us up on to a very snowy Ben Nevis. The South West Ridge of the Douglas Boulder gave us 4 pitches of brilliant climbing at around grade III finishing on a very insecure fin of snow. Most of the snow was helpful with only the occasional patch of crud, the gear was good and the sun even came out as we topped out. Two abseils took us to the bottom of East Gully before a quick scoot down the lower reaches of Observatory Gully.

Crossing steep snow slopes on the approach to the SW Ridge

 Exposed climbing along a fin of soft snow

 Abseiling into the Douglas Gap

 Abseiling into East Gully at the Douglas Gap

 A snowy view up into Observatory Gully

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