On Monday March 29, Guy Robertson and Greg Boswell made the second ascent of Pic’n Mix in the Northern Corries. This fierce (IX,9) was first climbed by Ian Parnell and Tim Emmett in April 2006. The route starts up Never Mind, a steep 60m-high HVS rock climb on the pillar between No.3 and No.4 Buttress in Coire an Lochain. The second pitch follows the E3 groove of Mindless before breaking back right then left to an independent finish. Prior to its first ascent it saw a number of determined winter attempts and was regarded as one of the last great problems in the Northern Corries. Afterwards Emmett compared it in difficulty to Happy Tyroleans (IX,9).
Parnell and Emmett only succeeded after a two-day battle with deep hoar frost covering the route. It was a similar story for Greg and Guy who also found the route deep with hoar frost, but they succeeded after a long nine-hour day. See Greg’s blog for more pictures www.gregboswell.blogspot.com
So yet another fabled test-piece is repeated this winter – what a season!