Another New Route on the Minus Face

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The left side of the Minus Face with Minus Three Gully in the centre. Differentiation (VI,6) is marked in yellow. (Photo Simon Richardson)

Yesterday March 13, Roger Webb and I went up to the Minus Face to take advantage of the unusually good ice conditions at mid-height on the Ben. Unfortunately the thaw had set in which spoiled our chances of climbing Minus Two Buttress.  We reverted to Plan B, and climbed a good icy mixed route up the rib between Wagroochimsla and Platforms Rib. Differentiation (VI,6) provided three sustained pitches with an unlikely finish through the roof guarding the raised crest at the top of the face.

It was a murky and windy day, but the ice stayed good in the Minus gullies, which all saw ascents.

About Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber
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