High pressure is still dominating the weather so Neil and I got an early start (5am) along with Matt and Paul to make the most of the slightly cooler conditions for ice climbing. The temperature inversion is just as strong as it has been all week and the cloud sheet in the glens was more dense and more extensive. Climbing out above the clouds on great ice was something special today.
Neil and I climbed Hadrian's Wall Direct which was great fun. It was soggy in the chimney but really nice everywhere else. Point Five Gully is soggy all the way up the chimney and big chunks of ice were falling down it most of the time. Smith's Route did not have falling debris though and Matt and Paul enjoyed climbing it before abseiling off to climb Indicator Wall as well.
Over in Coire na Ciste, Ken and Vic enjoyed The White Line on really nice ice and Ian and Robert wrapped up three days of Winter (well, Spring) climbing with Tower Ridge. Rich and Paul were in Glen Coe enjoying a walk up Stob Coire nan Lochan too so it was a busy day for Abacus Mountain Guides and such a good day for everyone to experience.
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