Indicator Wall

Today was another early start, walking by 6.23am.  Myself and Graham headed up and got to the base of Observatory gully in an hour to see a team at the base or Orion Direct and 2 teams making their way up to Point 5, our first 2 choices.  Wanting a quicker day than yesterday we made the decision to head higher up the gully to Indicator wall, pretty sure that no-one else was.

With the long plod over up Observatory gully to 1200m I started up the first pitch which was a series of icy steepenings.  The ice was very good for axe placements but not very good for screws, but I got enough in on the way up.  Next Graham led the second more exposed face pitch, with similar ice for the screws and turned out to be quite a bold pitch, but very good climbing.  I went quickly over the 3rd pitch of grade 2 ground so that Graham could lead the last icy steepenings that I had led on the last pitch of Good Friday Climb, although this time with thicker ice.  Using the highest belay in the UK (the summit cairn) I topped out at exactly 12pm.

There were stunning views west to the Skye Cuillin, Rum and even the Outer Hebrides.  After lunch we headed down Corie Leis and back to the car at 2pm.

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