Orion Direct

Hannah and I were back on Ben Nevis today enjoying superb weather on the four star Orion Direct (V,5). Quite a few teams had the same plan but thankfully we were at the front of the queue so didn’t have any stop/start action reaching the belays. Ice screw placements are reasonable at best but the climbing felt straight forward as its mostly on great Névé and hero ice. The crux is well stepped out and although exposed and with just one screw in 30m the axes stuck like glue. The exit via the steep chimney is also well iced and provides a nice finale before topping out close to NE Buttress. Pictures paint a thousand words, another stunning day in the Highlands……

Hannah P1

Hannah P1

Me following

Me following

We felt this pitch, P2 was the most fun today

We felt this pitch, P2 was the most fun today

Orion Direct

Hannah setting off towards the Basin

Hannah setting off towards the Basin

Hannah following the slab rib pitch

Hannah following the slab rib pitch

Orion Direct

Atmospheric at times

Atmospheric at times

Orion Direct

Orion Face Direct (V,5)**** ....'one of the finest winter climbs in Scotland....'

Orion Face Direct (V,5)**** ….’one of the finest winter climbs in Scotland….’