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Topic - Going the wrong way on Castle Ridge

csw on 23 Feb 2013
So. A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I climbed Castle Ridge on the Ben. Most of it was pretty straightforward, but I found the chimney pitch pretty hard. It seemed a lot harder than grade III ought to be. The route description said, at a band of walls, traverse right to a flaky chimney. A metre or so to the right was a deep, undercut, V, which could have been called a chimney and I believe it had a flake in it. It looked do-able and there were crampon scratches at the base, so, with some effort, I set off up that. Anyway long story short, either I'm getting very weak with old age, or perhaps I was in the wrong chimney, because I found it desperate. Can anyone enlighten me?
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