Dorsal Arete In The Wind
Posted by Max Hunter on 11th January, 2015
Yesterday Stuart and I headed off to the Ice Factor . We got a long session on the ice first thing in the morning before the crowds arrived. After a good lunch from the cafe, we moved onto indoor rock climbing and looking at a few skills that would help Stu with his climbing down on Gower in South Wales. Eventually with a full brain and tired forearms we called it a day, and hatched a plan for today.
So, today with a very windy deteriorating forecast, we went to Glencoe to get onto Dorsal Arete. This was also the plan that Kenny G., and Nigel H. had – so it made for a sociable day – although the wind did prevent conversation a few times. On the walk in there was a team out front doing a great job of trail breaking on the valley path, but eventually everybody got a turn out front in the fresh snow. The wind was strong, so we took shelter where we could find it to gear up – and head up to the route. The wind was strong, and gusting hard – so it made for an exciting climb. We did manage to top out, but the wind then managed to find some sizable gusts to prevent me from standing up (probably gusts touching 70mph or over) – so I ‘chose’ to sit down and belay! Broad gully was fine, so it made for a quick escape from the wind.
Back at the van – everything was wet – so clearly we’re beginning to get a traditional Scottish winter!
Well done Stu for the last 3 days – and your second winter climb today.