Superb Ice Conditions Give Continental Style Routes:
Dave MacLeod reports on his blog that he has climbed two new ice routes in Glen Coe. New routes have been going up all over the UK and these two lines are typical of the superb ice conditions that have swept the country.
The new routes are called Liquidation (VI,6) and Frozen Assets (VII,7) and are located on the Aonach Eagach side of Glen Coe.
"I went back to the the Coe with Sam Wood to revisit the crag right of the Slit where I'd done the brilliant new ice route with Donald the day before (Liquidation VI,6). Our goal was to climb the rather steeper and thinner series of dribbles, pencils and hanging fangs to the right of that route...
...The icicles looked scarily detached from the rock behind, and I although I was pretty confident I could climb between them, the big issue would be the entire thing becoming airborne with me attached. Just enough protection appeared at the last minute to keep me probing upwards with a gentle touch on the booming ice dribbles. It proved to be an absorbing hour or two and a memorable new route."
He also reports on a slight accident the occurred when he was climbing with Kev Shields, resulting in a hospital visit. Kev ripped some gear and hit the deck. See video below:
- You can read full details and see more photos on Dave's blog.
VIDEO: Kev Shields New Route Attempt & Accident: