Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Fannichs, Northern Highlands

Garbh Chorie Mor of An Coileachan is an outstanding place to be. Many of the climbs get a mention in Ken Wilson, Dave Alcock and John Barry's book, "Cold Climbs". John and I drove up this morning and cycled in as we wanted to look at the central ice falls which are said to be excellent when the ice has formed. Crystal Tripper goes at IV/V and Ravenshead at V,4, We climbed Ravenshead as the ice was reasonable well formed and we found it, thin but OK. Both routes are well known for being sustained, with scanty protection and nice exposure. The slabby nature of the corrie are prone to avalanche and impressive debris were visible today. The first ascent of Ravenshead was made by Duncan Macallum and Allan Russel on 28 Feb 1981.

Back at our bikes at the close of the day! Ravenshead climbs the white "central" buttress.

1 comment:

The Lone Rider said...

Hi Sandy, thought about it this coming week but the corrie is now all black apart from a couple of ice streaks at Ravenshead, Crystaltripper and Burdock. Other crags looking the same in the Fannaichs and further west Slioch and others have rather black buttresses so looks like another few weeks for things to build back up. Cheers Martin