Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Poacher's Fall, Liathach

Another great day out climbing on a fantastic route!
Ron and I drove up to Liathach for the walk in to Coire Dubh Mor to climb Poacher's Fall. We followed a bit of a trail from the path in to the corrie and found a couple of other teams climbing, one on Poacher's Fall and another further left, possibly on Umbrella Falls.
To begin with, the corrie was in the mist but as the day went on, this cleared giving amazing views of the surrounding hills though the summit of Liathach seemed to remain capped with cloud all day.
The route was great from start to finish with good ice and some tricky bits especially the short icy wall near the top of the crux pitch.  The chimney pitch was narrow but again with great ice.
There were ice threads and other in-situ gear which made abseiling off straightforward and all very Alpine!
Now I'm looking forward to good weather for climbing next week after the stormy weather that is forecast for the next few days.
More from Ron here on his blog.
 great views
 Pocher's Fall and more routes to the left
 Starting up the first pitch
 Ron on the crux pitch...
 ...and on the chimney pitch
Finishing off the top bit


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