These last three days I have been working with Nadir Khan for Ellis Brigham on a photo shoot. The weekend gave us soggy, grey conditions but we found some ice to climb and Nadir made Sally and Adam look amazing on the climbs. Today it was a lot colder and with showers of snow mixed with sunshine and bright spells it was a great day for photography. We went to the east side of Carn Mor Dearg to get out of the worst of the wind and we went up most of the East Ridge of Carn Dearg Meadhaonach. The Allt Daim was a brilliant back drop for the images, looking huge and full of texture in the swirling wind.
The drop in temperature has frozen much of the snow pretty well. Green Gully and Comb Gully were climbed today and Comb Gully Buttress, Number Two Gully Buttress, a few ice routes on Little Brenva Face and even The Cascade all look pretty good. Point Five Gully is complete I think but what the climbing is like I don't know. It might be quite insecure on firm snow rather than ice making the climbing delicate and the protection pretty poor. There's only one way to find out ....
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