Saturday, 7 April 2007

Tuesday 3 April - Ponit Five Gully and Smiths Route

Ponit Five Gully - V 5 **** - Ben Nevis. With William Sim.

Got up early again. Ready Break gross again. Felt shit on walk in again. Second on route again. C'est la Vie. Luckily the two Dave's from Yorkshire let us over take us and we climbed the route very quikly after that. We swung leads and Will did the best pitch, the chimney pitch. I got the Rouge Pitch, which was some what of an anti climax and very hacked. Topped at 11:00. Messed around on the summit and then descended Tower Gully.

Smith's Route - V 5 **** - Ben Nevis. With William Sim.

There were two parties on Smiths as we descended down so i fancied Albatross, but William wasn't up for that. Unfortuanatley two spainards beat us to the bottom of Smith's so we had to wait even longer. As Will had had all the best pitches so far and was knackered I got the crux of Smith's, which was super. It was hacked to pieces, which spoilt it a bit as no front poniting was required. The crux was a little steep buldge pulling onto the ramp, which was great fun. The top pitch was nice snow slope looking across to Tower Ridge that looked brilliant. We then descened back to the hut. Dinner was rice with pilchards. Yummy! Set alarm early hoping to Astral Highway.

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