Winter Mountaineering on Sgurr nan Gillean



Matt was out with Rich, Tom and James today. They went for the classic traverse of Sgurr nan Gillean, going up the West Ridge and down the Tourist Route. This is a great mountain day, taking in some short pitches of climbing, a brilliant exposed knife edge and an abseil. Your concentration has to be absolute for a good couple of hours but the reward is enjoying one of the best easy winter routes in Britain.

Climbing up Loose Chimney towards the pinnacles (The chimney was well frozen and not so loose!)

Crossing the pinnacles. There was just enough visibility to maximise the exposure, but Rich seemed to enjoy the view.

Negotiating the exposed crest at the top of the Tourist Route

James on his second ever abseil. Great effort!

Mike was also out on Sgurr nan Gillean today on Just a Boys Game (III,170m) with Sam and Tom. Thin low down, the ice got better after the 2nd pitch with quality conditions towards the top. Without good ice the line is sparse on protection and commitment felt pretty high.

Mike heading up towards 4/5 Gully with Sam and Tom

Just a Boys Game, III.

Pitch 4

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