Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Aladdin's Mirror Direct and an alternative finish!

The weather forecast was looking rather windy for this morning but up at the ski area, the wind felt less blustery than down in Aviemore so off we went into Coire an t-Sneachda. Chris wanted to climb Aladdin's Mirror Direct so that was our goal for the day. There were a couple of parties in front but soon it was our turn and Ron headed up. Chris followed enjoying the steep ice and then I followed up after taking some video clips of Chris. The ice was good and steep and the odd blasts of spindrift coming down added to the experience!

We climbed up a couple of pitches of Aladdin's Mirror on neve that had softened just the right amount. Instead of climbing up to the Aladdin's Mirror / Couloir exit, Ron decided to take the snowy ramp that went off to the right though some "interesting" terrain then found an icy chimney which gave some lovely climbing to the scrambly ridge that took us up to the plateau and gave us a great finish to the day.

More from Ron to come on his blog, click here.


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