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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

For our last day of ice climbing Rintje and I went back up Ben Nevis. There was a long queue on The Curtain already so we went to climb Italian Climb Right Hand. This is in great shape with fantastic ice up the big slab. In fact the fixed anchors at its base are buried in ice! The thread at the top of the main pitch is fine though and one 60m abseil gets you back down to the bottom of the climb.

We wandered back over to The Curtain where the queue was shorter so we joined in the sociable line of people climbing. It warmed up slightly and the ice was very nice to climb, especially with all the steps and hooks in place already. 

Vanishing Gully, Hadrian's Wall Direct, The Shield Direct and Gemini were all climbed again today. Nordwand looks brilliant, the Shroud is still there and climbable but not fat.

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