Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Nom de Plume and Guillotine, Carn Etchachan...

Keith Ball, Matt Stygall and myself decided to head 'over the back' today to climb on Carn Etchachan.

An early start form the Coire Cas car park saw us at the top of the crag and descending/traversing into the bottom of 'Nom de Plume' VI,7 - I thought this route hadn't seen many ascents but there was plenty of fixed gear on the first pitch suggesting otherwise!

A quick abseil took us into the base of the route 'Guillotine' V,6 which gave some good helpful mixed climbing.  The second pitch up the large rift (Keith pictured) was atmospheric to say the least.

Mark Chadwick and Dunc Hodgson were on the classic line of 'Scorpion' V,5 and described it as "definitely having a sting in the tail".  Finally there was also a team settling in for a long day on 'Deep Cut Chimney' IV,5 on Hells Lum - it looked like a total trench fest with loads of fresh snow over there!....

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