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If you don't want this for a time, please comment it-Fabian !Next Ice Climb
Manchester Indoor Ice Wall
Friday 1st December at 8:30am
If you don't want this for a time, please comment it-Fabian !Next Climb
Nottingham Indoor Wall Monday 16th October 4pm
The famous Pineapple Prizes
Not sure what anyone else did---add your experiences.
4:00am. Fabian fetches Martin and they head off to Scotland.
Bag Sgorr Sgulaird. An awful 900m almost vertical bosh through the vegetation. Bugger off to Oban later and do some shopping. Eat a mahoosive meal in the Loch Leven Hotel, Fabian gets a free round off the rather nice Aussie bar maid. Steve and Adam arrive.
Fabian, Adam, Steve and Martin head off to bag Beinn Fhionnlaidh in a hurricane. Fabian manages about 300m, throws up, heads back to car. Eventually all head to Fort William. Cook food, await arrival of other NIPS and MPS.
The whole of the NIPS hut with Nell and Joe head off to bag Sgurr nan Coireachan and Sgurr Thulim. Delayed departure for coats to be brought. Descent in the dark. Fabian and Adam have great plan to get to cars and drive back along track to fetch people and win brownie points. Thwarted after a 6km jog by a locked gate. Gutted.
Lou, Bill, Hamish and Chris do the Ring of Steall. Apparently there wasn't any snow but we found plenty.
Trip to Ring of Steall thwarted by an entertaining car crash. Some of us (Adam, Stuart and Fabian) did Easy Gully on Aonach Mor instead. Excellent weather pretty much all day.
Cavog's first winter climb: Long, long day in number 2 gully on the Ben for Lou, Bill, Will and Chris practising rope-work. Hamish and Cat have an equally long day in Glovers Chimney.
We were noted on Glovers Chimney by 'Alba Mountaineering' as 'going well.' See Kimber's blog for 30th December 07 at http://www.westcoast-mountainguides.co.uk/blog/2007_12_01_archive.htm -Hamish
Chris, Stuart, John, Dave and Ben go to Ballachulish for a low-visibility and rainy walk up Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill. Most of the others try to climb with varying success on the rapidly thawing snow/slush on Aonach Mor and other places.
Martin, Adam, Steve & Fabian sensibly decide that the weather is shit and go to Ice Factor in Kinlochleven. Have a great couple of hours climbing.
Get back. Progressive meal followed by amusing jaunt to Fort William pub for New Years during which several homoerotic events occur to the horror and shock of Fort William locals (though one NIPS person was unphased). The Ben Nevis Pub will never be the same again. Adam manages to remain conscious for New Year celebrations unlike previous two years.
Most severely hungover from the night before. Martin and Gerard discovered in Roy Bridge. Movies most of the afternoon. A hard-core bunch, comprising Chris, Joe, Franco, Rachel, Stuart, Vince and Hamish manage to do some easy Munros and a spot of climbing along the A86 around the Creag Meagaidh area. Yet more rain and cloud obscuring anything within about 100 metres.
Martin, Ed, Steve and Franco take the train to Corrour Station and bag three Munros expecting to be fetched by Fabian. Adam and Fabian bag two easy munros to the east of the Grey Corries and stupidly decide to get Stob Ban in too. Stob Ban bagged, but Franco's team left waiting for 2 hours (sorry!!)
Chris, Hamish and Cat make Jim get up early on his first day to go and climb Tower Ridge. Half slimey summer conditions and half full-on winter. Top out in a gale and make a speedy descent to be back at the car in 11 hours.
Really, really windy. Chris and Hamish climb Number 3 gully and North Gully. Jim and Grahame climb North gully with a tricky variant finish. Another siege is played on number 2 with some nips and mps'ers.
Hope time for MPS. Some NIPS set off for an adventure in Knoydart.