Friday, 19 February 2010

North-East Buttress (IV,4), Ben Nevis


With fine weather predicted, Mark and I headed up to Ben Nevis to climb North-East Buttress. The weather proved to be best I have ever experienced on the mountain with clear, blue skies and no wind. The led the Man trap and seconded 40ft corner which felt easy with plenty of neve. We were on top by 2.30pm and able to enjoy the fine views for a while before descending into Coire Leis.

Approaching the CIC hut
Sunrise over the Munroes
Approaching the Minus Face of Ben Nevis
Climbing Slingsby's Chimney
Mark climbing the lower stretch of NE Buttress ahead of the real climbing
Climber on the first pitch of NE Buttress
Mark seconding the first pitch
Mark leading the second pitch
View to Tower Ridge
Mark approaching the Man Trap
Mark climbing 40ft Corner
Summit of Ben Nevis's NE Buttress
Ben Nevis's summit observatory
The Indicator Wall beneath Ben Nevis's summit
Descending into Coire Leis
Ben Nevis's Little Brenva Face
The Orion Face of Ben Nevis
Sunset over the CIC hut on the North Side of Ben Nevis

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