Lots of snow about beneath Easy Gully

Lots of snow about beneath Easy Gully

After allot of wading yesterday I was happy to make use of the Aonach Mor Gondola and enjoy a shorter day with some fun climbing. Being his first day out this winter, Guy had allot more energy than me which meant finding something technical that didn’t require a full on wade. For me having not done a single route on the East Face of Aonach Mor options were plentiful,  we settled on Stirling Bridge (VI,7) which Guy dispatched in style. The main corner requires some funky moves to make upward progress, cracks were too iced up for cams but Guy found some descent wires between the fixed stuff that’s been left behind over the years. A tricky middle section with fist jams, egyptians and knee bars – a great pitch!

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Guy making it look easy

Guy making it look easy

Making shapes

Making shapes

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Emerging after the main corner (photo: Guy)

Emerging after the main corner (photo: Guy)

Making the most of the settled weather we made a quick abseil down Left Twin (III,4), only to forget the ice screws. Thankfully there were a couple of ice pillars to put slings around, not sure if they were any good but they were better than nothing. The ice in Left Twin is excellent, good placements and lots of it too. A great route and one I will be using for work again soon.

Guy leading the way down Left Twin

Guy leading the way down Left Twin

(photo: Guy)

(photo: Guy)

Nice climbing up Left Twin (photo: Guy)

Nice climbing up Left Twin (photo: Guy)