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/ route history, astral highway', anyone?

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Astral Highway on 01 Oct 2007
please can someone remind me of the first ascentionists of astral highway on the orion face of the ben.

I'm also intruiged about the name - details, anyone, apart from its obvious relevance to the buttress on which it is situated?

many thanks
Norrie Muir - on 01 Oct 2007
In reply to Astral Highway:

Con Higgins and Alan Kimber. I never asked Con why it was called Astral Highway. The next time I see him, I'll ask him for you.
TRip - on 01 Oct 2007
In reply to Astral Highway: Dunno, looks a belitng route though.

Winter of '76 if i remember correctly. Email Alan he'll know!
Fergal - on 01 Oct 2007
In reply to Astral Highway:

Alan Kimber, Con Higgins from memory, i remember because i soloed it as a lad, Stella route !!!??
Astral Highway on 01 Oct 2007
In reply to Norrie Muir:

thanks Norrie, I'd appreciate that.

cheers

Astral
James Thacker - on 02 Oct 2007
In reply to Astral Highway: Great route! Alan still raves about it now..
Norrie Muir - on 02 Oct 2007
In reply to Astral Highway:

One unusual thing about Astral Highway, it was put up early in the season. So much for the Ben being a late season venue.
paraffin on 02 Oct 2007
In reply to Conquistador of the usless:

i remember because i soloed it as a lad

Gulp. That's impressive. Balls of ...
paraffin on 02 Oct 2007
In reply to Astral Highway:

28th December 1976
Sir Edmund on 02 Oct 2007 - host217-35-80-169.in-addr.btopenworld.com
In reply to parafinn:

It's a great route.

Climbed it in March '85 or '86.

We soloed up Orion Direct to the basin then did alternate leads.

Well I say alternate leads as there was no gear and no real belays.

Probably the scariest route I've ever done!

Also probably the best.

Fergal - on 02 Oct 2007
In reply to parafinn:

I was there to do it with a loon from Glasgow, ihr of waiting at the CIC, George comes hobbling up to the hut, having twisted his ankle in the treacherous Mhuillin bog, i was so driven i just went straight for the route, it was not in great nick either, virgin and quite rippy in places, i was glad it was over to be honest.
paraffin on 02 Oct 2007
In reply to Conquistador of the usless:

Gulp, double gulp!

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