Blown out of Corie Leis

Today was day 4 for the Intro to Mountaineering course for Jagged Globe with the goal of summiting Ben Nevis via the Abseil posts in Corie Leis.  After making swift progress to above the CIC hut the wind was very gusty and was throwing us around quite a bit.  What was in our favour were the great views all around the north face and the CMD arête.  After a particularly strong gust which blew a few people off their feet we turned around at about 9oom to a more sheltered location.

With lunch inside us the group wanted to get some extra knowledge using the rope to practice for future trips abroad.  So we short roped up and moved around the base of North Buttress, practicing the different methods needed for ascending, descending and traversing with the rope on and moving as a party of 3.

Below the base of the Douglas Boulder my mini team went through a few scrambling pitches of mixed ground before recapping bucket seats in ascent and the buried axe and stomper belays.  Meanwhile just above us Max’s team made their way up a good length of grade 2 ice on a mini adventure.

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