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Tuesday 20th 02 2007 12:27:00 PM

Pictures and words by Andy Main

Two Great weekends climbing

I have been out the past two weekends climbing and had two very different experiences that show how variable and deadly the Scottish winter can be. The first weekend I was climbing on Ben Nevis, in the most extreme condition Iíve ever encountered. Crazy day with 80mph gusts, I blown about like a flag attached to two ice axes on several occasions, very scary. Unfortunately I didnít get any pictures as I was more concerned with getting of the mountain alive. This weekend I was out on my home range, the cairngorms, had near perfect weather and climbing conditions. I also had my first night in snow hole and while not a 3 star hotel comfort wise, it was an amazing experience. I woke up at 1200m just in time to see the sun rise over the Cairngorm plato and made porridge while being bathed in alpine glow. Pictures and climbing report coming soon.

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