Ice Climbing in Glen Clova (Dec 2017)

16th December 2017

After a couple of weeks of chilly weather I’d heard rumours ice routes
were forming in Corrie Fee. So a few of us headed up for a return match
with B Gully. Conditions were pretty good for this time of year and we
made easy work soloing up the gully. We got to the main ice pitch in one
piece and here got the ropes out and split into two teams. I got the
first lead, possibly the steepest bit of ice I’ve led, certainly pretty
steep for a II. Ben had thought about soloing it but when I brought him
up he admitted the rope was a good idea. We hung around at the belay
just long enough to see Andrew up. It was a bit parky for hanging around
so Ben and I strolled off to visit Mayar’s summit and reunited with the
others at the top of the Kilbo Path. Made it to the forest by dark and
then gingerly had to pick our way down the icey paths by headtorch.
Great day out and here’s hoping the coming thaw isn’t too devastating.

Report by Dave Matthews

Who was joined by Andrew Kesterton, Simon Li, Ben Hughes