I have been working for West Coast Mountain Guides over the last three days, two of which were spent with Palvi who has done a reasonable amount of overseas water-ice climbing but just a handful of Scottish routes back in 2010. On Monday we took a steady walk upto Stob Coire nan Lochan and climbed the three star Dorsal Arete which was great fun as always. Palvi enjoyed the route but like many others thought the fin was a sting in the tail!
Tuesday dawned with tired limbs and irritated injuries so I took Palvi down to the Ice Factor where we had a day of coaching on ice and rock all washed down with plenty of tea and coffee whilst the arms recovered.
Today Tim and I needed a sheltered East facing route that we could escape the high winds quickly if we needed to. We climbed East Ridge of North Top Stob Ban which although wasnt frozen did provide a good route at the right level for Tim that was also sheltered all morning. We battened down the hatches before reaching the top then scurried down the North Ridge braced against some ferocious gusts, we even dropped to our knees at times to avoid being blown over completely! Well done Tim.