/ North east buttress
any info how much snow is on it at present and any ice holding out high up on the ben would be appreciated.
Is this climb technically harder in what me be early season nick ?
We did it on 15th Dec in thick rime and the exit from the 40ft corner was a bugger!
"Mantrap, which we went direct over with 2 axes."
Interesting I did it in lean conditions several years ago and also have done it in summer. I found the good hooks for your axes (which can not easily be used as handholds) made it no harder in winter (although I think its more like a move or two of 4b in summer!). I've heard others say it's often easier with no build up on the mantrap also (as the build up is often not of much use and just covers up the hooks)
Anyone climbed it (and enjoyed it) in the above mentioned conditions ?
steeper mixed may be the order of the day
The forty foot corner is a lot easier with good build up the man trap probably easier lean, but it's basically a boulder problem! We found the start of the main ridge hard with poor buildup. The middle section is in the main pretty easy but as you say will be more time consuming with powder all over it.
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