Macpherson & Moran Repeat The Secret + New VIII,9by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Nov/2010
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Pete Macpherson and Martin Moran have been out making good use of the early season cold snap. The team made a first ascent in the ever popular Coire an t'Sneachda in the Cairngorms early in the month.
Omerta is a three pitch VIII,9 (the second pitch is the crux) and climbs the left wall of the existing route Belhaven.
Commenting in the UKC photo galleries, Pete said:
"The crack line I was following was chocked with ice and frozen dirt making it extremely difficult and strenuous to protect resulting in a serious lead and very annoyingly a rest one move from a successful onsight."
Later in the month the same team nipped up Ben Nevis and bagged a repeat of the tough and steep The Secret VIII,9. (See photos)
The UKC Winter Conditions Page is already filling up with ascents - so if you want info on what is hot (or not!) then check it out. Bookmark it, homepage it, twitter it, do whatever you want with it (you can also navigate to it by clicking on logbooks in the header bar and then clicking the link on the logbooks page). CHECK IT!
And - back by popular demand - Dan Goodwin of Mountain Plan is sharpening his pencils (and his crampons) and will be brining us the news, the conditions, the blood, the sweat and the tears for the next few months in his regular winter reports. (How does he write those reports when his hands are so cold?! I'll ask him!)
Keep your eyes peeled, they'll be coming up on UKC soon.
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