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Bottom of Broad Gully - Meall Garbh
© Captain Solo, Dec 2010
Route: Broad Gully (III)
Camera used: SAMSUNG ES65, ES67 / VLUU ES65, ES67 / SAMSUNG SL50

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Broad Gully starts at lower icefall on right and continues up icefall right of centre. Ping Pong starts at the bottom of Broad Gully and slants right to left (hidden). An alternative direct start to Ping Pong goes up the obvious cleft on the left.
Captain Solo - 16/Feb/11
My understanding was that Ping Pong and Broad Gully shared the same start, which is the icefall on the right of your picture. Then higher up, broad gully splits. The left hand (icy) branch is the continuation of Ping Pong - the right hand snowy branch is Broad Gully. We did that version of Ping Pong. Admittedly, it is confusing with so many lines of ice low down. I don't have the book to hand, but I think it mentionedthe leftward slanting ice filled groove out of sight in your pic (which looked great) as an easier start?
Scomuir - 16/Feb/11
Slightly different angle, showing the left slanting gully:
The icefall was on the hard side for III on the day.
Scomuir - 16/Feb/11
I found the guidebook description and topo of Ping Pong contradictory. Once you have started up steep initial icefall of Broad Gully there is no easy way to get back onto Ping Pong, its a completely separate diverging line. Topo has Ping Pong finishing right of Broad Gully but description reads "continue up short ice steps between Deep Slit and Broad Gully"
Anyway I did both lines and they were very enjoyable!
Captain Solo - 16/Feb/11
I agree that the topo is misleading (SMC guide 2002) - the route numbers are the wrong way round. However, having just had a look at it, the route description is clear, and it's what we followed. The left trending gully is described as an easier start. It looked worth doing in it's own right. It's a good place to climb, and I will hopefully get back there soon.
Scomuir - 16/Feb/11
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