Cioch Direct Rockfall - Latest Adviceby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Jun/2011
This news story has been read 9,117 times
Following May's fatal rockfall accident on Cioch Direct, Sron na Ciche, reported here, the route remains in an unstable state. Skye Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) are recommending that climbers stay away until the affected area can be stabilised.
MRT members had hoped to inspect the Classic Rock route and attempt to remove remaining loose material from the affected area just below the crux chimney (pitch 3 as normally climbed) some days ago, but efforts so far have been hampered by poor weather.
This morning Team Leader Gerry Akroyd told us:
'We'll hopefully get at it this week, if the weather holds out. The main worry once the main block has been removed is what may come next. Removing the block might stabilise the route, or it might loosen other stuff.'
Meanwhile the advice is to steer clear of the route, and to exercise caution if gearing up below that part of the crag, and if climbing neighbouring lines such as Cioch Grooves that could in theory be affected by any rockfall bouncing down the slabs that characterise that section of Sron na Ciche.
We'll add further updates when we receive them.
Over the hill? The wrong side of 40? Too many birthdays? Age is often used as an excuse to slow down and pursue less adventurous... Read more
British climbers Matt Burdekin and Tom Ripley have made the first ascent of a new line on the East Face of Aguja Bifida Sur... Read more
Tim Emmett and Slovenian climber Klemen Premrl have established a remarkable new line at Helmcken Falls in Canada, which the pair... Read more
Mountaineering Instructor Mark Reeves has been in touch to warn about a rockfall which has occurred from above the... Read more
A major rockslide has occurred on the Squamish Chief - also known as the Stawamus Chief - in Canada.... Read more
*April Fool alert - this article is factually incorrect and contains poor jokes. You can breathe a sigh of relief - the... Read more