Friday, 18 March 2011

A windy School House Ridge

Enjoying the Ballachullish School House Ridge

Despite a poor weather forecast today dawned bright and sunny as we walked up towards the School House Ridge on the Ballachullish Munros. By varying our route we were able to pick out a number of grade II steps which Jude and Sue were able to solo with a bit of coaching. From about half height the wind began to pick up with plumes of snow streaming from the ridge.
We were followed up the climb by Adele and her client who opted to continue to the summit despite the worsening conditions. With big plans for tomorrow we chose to turn right at the top of the climbing and easily descend the north ridge back to the cars. After a quick coffee we opted to make full use of the sunshine in the valley by having a session on the Onich Slab looking at using crampons on rock and mixed climbing in general.

Jude & Sue beginning the descent in full on Scottish conditions

Jude wet tooling on the Onich Slab Traverse

Good footwork pays dividends for mixed climbing