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This week I am am meant to be on my MIC assessment but unfortunately it has been cancelled due to poor conditions. I thought I may aswell make use of the current alpine weather and go climbing for the week instead, so first up was a day out with Hannah on Chimney Route (VI,6) in Stob Coire nan Lochan.

I had a feeling the route would be quite icy but thought it may make the climbing simpler even if gear was difficult to find. Each pitch had its own character, lots of ice, not so great turf and a few rattly holds along the way made for an interesting day. I’m no fanatic about chimney climbing but its a great route, especially if your into vertical grovelling……

Chimney Route

P1

Chimney Route

Lots of funky back and footing up P1

Chimney Route

Hannah on Route to the belay

Chimney Route

Chimney Route

Hannah making some steep moves on P2. Trying not to pull on the turf made this pitch pretty tough

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