Nick Bullock has been busy on the front face of The Douglas Boulder on Ben Nevis. With Matt Helliker he made the first winter ascent of Nutless with a new Direct Start at VI,7 and the pair also added Rutless (VII,8), a direct finish to Gutless taking a 20-metre overhanging crack and corner.
On Saturday November 27, Nick teamed up with Pete Benson and climbed the first pitch of Gutless on ice, then broke out right up a shallow groove (ice) and then straight up icy grooves to the ledge of North-West Face Route to finish directly up an excellent steep groove on the right of the very steep wall. The result was Feckless (VI,7).
A modern mixed re-appraisal of The Douglas Boulder in winter is well overdue, and as Pete told me, “it’s actually rather a big crag!”