Another Bold Addition to Ben Nevis

Faith Healer (VIII,7) on the east flank of Tower Ridge takes the right hand of twin grooves, before traversing left. The crux exit corner is in the top left corner of the picture. (Archive Photo Simon Richardson)

On Thursday January 28, Iain Small visited Ben Nevis with Ian Parnell. A brief thaw over the last couple of days limited their options, but high up in Observatory Gully they found Faith Healer (VIII,7)  a challenging line of icy grooves to the right of Rolling Stones. Ian led the crux pitch, a difficult and bold corner to gain the crest of Tower Ridge. “ This proved to be significantly harder than anything below,” Ian recounted on his blog “It reminded me of an iced up Migrant Direct only steeper and bolder but luckily half the length. Committing to poor ‘pulling through snow-ice’ hooks less than an inch deep with my crampons on quarter-inch verglas on the overhanging walls I remember thinking this wasn’t a married mans pitch.”

About Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber
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