|Arctic Tern||VII 5|
|A good thin face route based on the icy grooves cutting into the left side of the pillar between Riders on the Storm and Albatross.|
1. 30m Start as for the Left-Hand Start to Albatross and climb straight up icy slabs to belay in the steep V-corner 5m
left of the twinned groove of Albatross.
2. 45m Step left and climb a steep ice runnel to exit at the top of the slab of Fascist Groove, and continue up an easier groove for 10m. The left wall is cut by a thinly iced, stepped groove-line. Delicately climb this for 20m then continue
up the crest of the rib to reach the traverse line of Flight of the Condor.
3. 45m Step right and climb a 5m icy chimney to reach an open left-facing groove. Follow this for 20m and step right onto the blunt rib between the exit gullies of Nid d’Aigle and Riders on the Storm. Climb the rib until below a final steepening.
4. 20m Climb ice on the right edge of the steepening and finish up a short snow slope to the top.
S.M.Richardson, I.Small 25/Mar/2007
Photo: Artic Tern VII,5 Indicator wall © petemacpherson