Hard New Addition to Lochain

Guy Robertson contemplating the overhanging crack on the first ascent of The Snow Pimp (VIII,9), Coire an Lochain, Northern Corries. (Photo Greg Boswell)

Guy Robertson and Greg Boswell added a great late season addition to the Northern Corries last Friday (April 23).

The Snow Pimp (VIII,9) takes the crack in the arete right of Hooker’s Corner then continues direct where Conundrum zig-zags about. The pair spotted the line whilst making the second ascent of Pic’n Mix last month, and reckoned the initial crack was probably harder than anything on Pic’n Mix, but more short-lived and very well protected.

“Unfortunately, the on-sight was not to be,” Guy told me. “I fell on the final hard move when my tool popped off when making a very long reach from a sloping ledge. Hopefully the route will be quickly repeated as it will come into condition with the first snows and a good cold snap next season.”

More photos and a topo on Greg’s site www.gregboswell.blogspot.com

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