Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Another east ridge...

The Aonach Eagach ridge this morning

Plans A & B were rapidly aborted when we saw the amount of snow being moved around by the strong south easterly so we opted for plan C and the east ridge of Sgorr Dhearg, one of the two Munros on the Ballachullish Horseshoe. With some inventive route choice we were able to include a number of snowy grade II steps in the middle of a spindrift vortex. The descent down the north ridge was easier but if anything the conditions were getting worse and visibility was down to zero at times with the amount of windblown snow. The final traditional battle with the Ballachulish forest saw us back at the road just before dark. This week I'm working for Adventure Peaks doing some training with Andrew & Heather for their Everest summit attempt.

The disadvantage of buying Leki poles!

Andrew fighting his way to the top

The start of the technicalities with the ridge stretched out below

Battling the spindrift

The final section of the ridge

Approaching the summit of Sgorr Dhearg

The relative calm of the summit

Descending the North Ridge in deep snow