Titan Cracks

Helen Rennard on the second pitch of Titan Cracks, a new V,6 on South Trident Buttress on Ben Nevis. Steep mixed routes high on the Ben were in good condition last weekend with the cliffs coated in a layer of aerated hoar frost. (Photo Simon Richardson)

There was a clutch of good mixed routes climbed on Ben Nevis last week, and I expected the mountain to be busy on Saturday December 1. Helen Rennard and I were attending the SMC dinner that evening in Fort William, so we decided to head up to the Upper Tier of South Trident Buttress which has a series of good three-pitch long mixed routes.

We climbed the steep cracked pillar between Poseidon Grooves and Triton Corners finishing up the continuation spur above. The climbing was a little intimidating at first, with a deep layer of hoar frost burying the cliff, but I soon realised that it brushed off easily revealing some good hooks in the initial chimney-crack. Helen made a fine lead of the corner above, and the continuation spur made a fine finish.

We topped out on the plateau in good time, but somehow we dawdled on the way down, and it was the usual last minute rush to put on our glad rags ready for the dinner!

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Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber
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