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Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)


by scottishkennyg » Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:45 pm

Munros included on this walk: Mullach an Rathain (Liathach), Spidean a'Choire Leith (Liathach)

Date walked: 29/12/2014

Time taken: 9 hours

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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby Meatball » Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:19 pm

I'll say it again....a grand day out!
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby litljortindan » Fri Jan 02, 2015 9:25 pm

Well done. Great, scary video. Think I'd probably need artificial assistance such as spare underpants in order to even contemplate this.
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby spiderwebb » Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:51 pm

Second winter ridge report I've read and now I'm drooling, great report :D
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby scottishkennyg » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:58 pm

Meatball wrote:I'll say it again....a grand day out!


Cheers Mb, still looking out for your munro to compleat going on the board.
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby scottishkennyg » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:07 pm

litljortindan wrote:Well done. Great, scary video. Think I'd probably need artificial assistance such as spare underpants in order to even contemplate this.

Thanks Litljotindon..I think the grey powdery cloud does make it look more eerie although views are a wee bit limited. I always carry spares.. :) Cheers and A.T.B. in 2015 Kenny
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby scottishkennyg » Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:08 pm

spiderwebb wrote:Second winter ridge report I've read and now I'm drooling, great report :D


Thanks SW. ATB for 2015 Kenny
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby 2manyYorkies » Tue Jan 06, 2015 10:59 am

Exhilarating stuff. I was minded to go back and take another peek at your vid of the Inn PIn solo in the flag and rain. Can only agree with others about the volume of hairy swingers required to do stuff like that! Hats off to you sir.
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby prog99 » Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:57 am

The gully you were looking up initially is a graded winter climb so just as well you avoided it!
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:54 pm

[quote="2manyYorkies"]Exhilarating stuff.

Cheers 2mY..and ATB for 2015
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:56 pm

prog99 wrote:The gully you were looking up initially is a graded winter climb so just as well you avoided it!


Thanks prog99..will insert into TR. ATB for 2015
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby Torridon_snails » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:20 pm

Eek! Fantastic report... We've spent so long admiring that ridge from various places, and have only done the easiest (west end) bit, and that on a perfect summer's day - we couldn't contemplate doing what you did, so are full of admiration...

All the best,

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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby mgmt! » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:16 pm

scottishkennyg wrote:
gaffr wrote:I hope you don't mind me saying that the 'flapping about lanyard' on your ice axe has a potential for tripping you up or pulling the axe out of your hand maybe when a crampon makes contact.
You seem to have sorted out the problem crampons. :D Just, I wonder, how much valuable time, with maybe gloves removed? resulting in cold hands?, was expended with five 'crampon re-dos' during the traverse. With the short days time is of great importance. All should be much more organised next time out.
Of course you have the right to tell me to get lost. :)


Thanks gaffr appreciate the spot on feedback. Ironically the lanyard disappeared later on and to be honest I only put it on as a trial. Spot on with the lost time factor too, along with the hassle of stopping to get re attached and utter a few choice expletives.. :)
Cheers and ATB 2015


the traverse of the ridge itself is a graded winter climb, which grade depends on how many ( if any ) you avoid. but its given a grade 2 in winter. as said above trailing lanyand could be dangerous but loosing the axe could be worst, shouldnt you have just attached it to your hand ? youve obviously sorted the crampon issue, but i dread to think you taking a fall on a ridge like that while doing it solo ? maybe taking a friend along would also be best practice ?
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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:11 pm

Torridon_snails wrote:Eek! Fantastic report... We've spent so long admiring that ridge from various places, and have only done the easiest (west end) bit, and that on a perfect summer's day - we couldn't contemplate doing what you did, so are full of admiration...

All the best,

Daniel and Clare (Torridon_snails)


Thanks Daniel and Clare, AKA Torridon snalils..superb monickers..

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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby scottishkennyg » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:19 pm

the traverse of the ridge itself is a graded winter climb, which grade depends on how many ( if any ) you avoid. but its given a grade 2 in winter. as said above trailing lanyand could be dangerous but loosing the axe could be worst, shouldnt you have just attached it to your hand ? youve obviously sorted the crampon issue, but i dread to think you taking a fall on a ridge like that while doing it solo ? maybe taking a friend along would also be best practice ?[/quote]

Cheers Michael, all good points, hopefully the crampon issue is sorted with the new ones.

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Re: Winter Ridgewalk on Liathach (images and short video)

Postby dogplodder » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:32 pm

Impressive stuff to start the year - hard to follow that! :wink:
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