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© Uisdean hawthorn, Jan 2015
Route: Gemini (VI 6)
Climbers: Doug Hawthorn
Camera used: Panasonic DMC-TZ60
Date taken: 21st January 2015
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What a route. If that is pitch 3, the ice was about 1000mm thicker in 1986. Which would make it thinner and steeper to climb now. All the OW was covered and the best line probably about 2 metres further left. Vaguely recall a runner at the base of a metre wide R facing corner, probably at the base of the OW just out of shot. Seen one or two pics at the time showing the same conditions and line as Martin and I enjoyed. Best VI on the Ben?
Rick Graham - 24/Jan/15
Zooming in, I think you missed a peg runner near where I got a wire, just below a small roof, low down left of the OW.
Rick Graham - 24/Jan/15
There is indeed a rusty peg over there. Not worth clipping but a good ice screw at the start anyway. One of the best routes i have done on the ben.
Uisdean hawthorn - 24/Jan/15
Jonny Tee 69 - 26/Jan/15
We climbed smear to the left of the flake, presumed this was Gemini in 1988, good rock gear in the flake and picks hitting rock, the fatter smear to the right was there, we didn't think to climb that.
Andy Clarke1965 - 04/Feb/15
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