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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Back in 1999 I climbed Mega Route X. It had been well formed for quite a while and it had been climbed several times along with The Shroud and Gemini. This winter seems to be turning out much the same 16 years later. Mega Route X has had many ascents, as has The Shroud by its right hand pillar and its Left Hand Pillar. These climbs have had one or two ascents in the intervening 16 years but not many at all.

Feeding Frenzy has also been climbed, a wild, hanging icicle to the left of Mega Route X. So perhaps Pink Panther (Le Panthere Rose) and Levitation will be climbed next.

Over on Creag Meagaidh, The Fly Direct and Ecstasy have been climbed among many other big ice routes.

It was another dry, cold enough weekend with good views and great ice climbing. All the same ice climbs have been climbed again on Ben Nevis but it has not snowed for two and a half weeks now so there has been little change in what climbs are formed.

Tonight we will get some fresh snow and it looks like this week will bring us much more mixed weather. We will even have a proper thaw on Wednesday for a day so we might get more snow and ice building up on the top of Orion Face but with the loss of some ice lower down.

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