Ben Nevis, still with plenty of snow and ice

Ben Nevis, still with plenty of snow and ice

We had made plans to go down the Glen today but as morning broke without a cloud in the sky both Dot and I were keen to get into the mountains. We dithered over plans texting friends and searching the net for info until finally settling on Green Gully (IV,3) then a dash down the Glen to get on Storm (HVS,5a). In recent years the sought after link up is to climb Point Five Gully and Centurion but given that Point Five is reported to be flowing with water and it had already gone 11am we thought our easier challenge would be more amenable. So after a delayed start (not exactly Alpine) we soon found ourselves under Green Gully with just one other team almost topping out. I forgot to mention to Dot I had accidentally left the ice screws at home but I was confident I could find some rock placements in the walls and felt happy to run it out. The route is fully formed, mostly on lovely snow ice so a joy to climb. The cornice is HUGE but passed by taking the right exit but staying left up the steep snow, the left exit looked much better but fairly steep ice – not a place for no screws.

On route to Green Gully

On route to Green Gully

Dot enjoying the route

Dot enjoying the route

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Ooops - no screws....

Ooops – no screws….

A quick jaunt home to pick up Jane and Goose before heading down the Glen to get on Storm, a route I hadn’t yet done. I had imagined running up the route but the second pitch was thought provoking, never hard but polished with some run out sections. A great line and easy to see why it is so popular…….. The end of my winter? – certainly. Lots of work coming up coupled with some play time on some steep, scary slabs!

Approaching the first pitch of Storm (Photo: Insidethelens)

Approaching the first pitch of Storm (Photo: Insidethelens)

And having fun on the second (photo: Insidethelens)

And having fun on the second (photo: Insidethelens)

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Goose, enjoying a spot of digging

Goose, enjoying a spot of digging