I’m hard at work on the new Ben Nevis guidebook at the moment and looking at variations to Galactic Hitchhiker.
Has anyone climbed Galactic Hitchhiker and belayed on (or passed by) the ‘pointed block’?
This feature is a key pointer in the original route description, but I cannot recall the pointed block when I was up that way many years ago. Robin Clothier climbed the route for the second time the other day and couldn't identify it either.
When we arrived at the third pitch there was no sign of a`pointed block`. From a good peg belay we climbed the steep icy corner with help from the well iced left wall and after a full 60m belayed in a little gully. I have a photo much like the one in Cold Climbs. After the corners it was a long long way to the plateau.
In reply to Simon Richardson: likewise, belayed to the right of the icy corner. Can’t remember a pointy block. The belay was on quite steep ground so may have been banked out. Then stepped left into the corner and the icy left wall. There was also an excellent leftward slanting ice gully / wide chimney on the pitch above. Then miles of grade 2 / 3 to the top.
This topic has been archived, and won't accept reply postings.
Elsewhere on the site
In Focus Culm Dancing - The Guidebook and a Personal History
Fri Night Vid Girls Gone Wide - Crack Climbing in Vedauwoo, Wyoming
In this week's Friday Night Video, we join Kaya Lindsay, Mary Eden, Samantha Mac, and Mercadi Carlson for a skin scraping, gruelling, month-long trip to Vedauwoo, Wyoming. The four of them aim to tick some of the hardest cracks and...
Product News Entire Lake District Climbs guide free on Rockfax Digital until 8th October