Marie and I have climbed quite a bit together in the summer. Last year she developed her rock climbing by following me up an E2 and since then she has progressed to leading 6b sport and completed a few winter routes upto grade IV. Today was about getting back into winter climbing and discussing winter belays and route tactics. We chose No3 Gully Buttress which is in better condition than it looked from below. Ken was following just behind us with his team of two and Mike P and Bob took a left turn towards Tower Face area to see what looked in condition to climb. The lower ice pitch is good fun and lots of verglass in the upper pitches is sticking everything together quite well.