Thursday, January 05, 2012

Jacknife, Douglas Boulder...

It's been tricky interpreting the forecast this week and today was no exception.  With a high, but lowering freezing level over night and a high avalanche risk, it was going to be a tricky choice.

Joel and Tobias were keen for some more 'punchy' mixed climbing, so after some deliberation we decided to head to the Douglas Boulder on Ben Nevis.  I hoped that the north westerly wind had stripped some of the snow off freezing the turf exposed to the wind.

Luckily, this was exactly the case and we enjoyed some steep technical mixed climbing on frozen turf following the line of 'Jacknife' V,7.  This line had a first winter ascent by Nevis devotees Jonny Baird and Andy Turner.  Following this we continued up the SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder, along with Rocio Siemens (Westcoast Mountain Guides) and Mike Pescod (Abacus Mountaineering).  Another team also backed off the classic line of 'Gutlass' IV,5.

Finally, if anybody finds a single black Hestra glove on the approach to the CIC Hut it would be great to reunite it with the other one....

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