/ Photos of Fiacaill Couloir
It was probably either Giles Trussel and his friends, you can contact him at Glenmore Lodge, you'll find his email address under staff contacts.
Or it was Neil Morrison and Sandy Simpson plus one other, a team from Aberdeen. I'm sure you can find a contact for them on here or face book?
Its worth a try?
Looking at the picture, I think that's a common early season finish. Although my memory is vague, I think I was taken that way on a Glenmore Lodge course on 30th December 1973.
Cheers for the replies guys - that's some memory you've got there Andy! Did you have to squeeze through a hole at the very top too?
Optimistic to hope for new routing in Sneachdta in the III region I suppose...
Sorry I don't remember! But we did climb left of the normal banked up route, starting a bit lower down, and it was tricky so Tim Walker (the instructor) wouldn't let us lead. We had shared leads on the rest.
That photo makes it look harder than III! I was on it last April (don't ask) and didn't see a feasible option to the normal route over the chockstone, which wasn't feasible either..
Keen to take a closer look at the routes to the right, although they do seem to weave around a bit and are probably quite hard to follow. Any recommendations?
> Keen to take a closer look at the routes to the right, although they do seem to weave around a bit and are probably quite hard to follow. Any recommendations?
We definitely did it, and it was our first week of winter climbing. There are several routes to the right and as you say, hard to follow. Best if you follow your nose and see what you did afterwards. There are no hidden tricks, if it looks hard, it is. The ledge where Rampant and others start is fairly obvious but higher up Fiacaill Couloir than you might think. I think it's quite stiff for IV,5 and there's not much pro if it's icy. Actually none of them are soft touch (so I believe) and I haven't done many. I've done Cap in Hand and that's good.
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