A few years ago Elved sustained a terrible injury in a climbing accident in North Wales. He's been walking and rock climbing since but this was his first time ice climbing again. We will ease back into it gently this week and today we made a great start by climbing on the Carn Dearg Cascades. With strong gusting winds and rising temperature this was a smart place to go anyway. There were a few reports of cracks in the snow and avalanches being triggered so it was good to have nothing above us. We climbed two lines just right of The Organ Pipes and we abseiled off each time. 60m ropes are quite handy for this. The ice was nice, soft and plastic in the warmer conditions. It also stayed dry which was a nice surprise.
Several teams turned back on the walk in but for those that persevered there was good climbing to enjoy. Steve went up Ledge Route and Hannah and Mark climbed Mega Route X. The Curtain also had a couple of ascents. Tonight's thaw will hopefully be enough to stabilise the snow after it freezes again later tomorrow.
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.