Today was a very different day to the others. All rope work and very little botany and geology. The aim of the day was to set up 2 abseils on the Comb ready for the geologists and botanists to go down tomorrow.
This started with moving the 1000m of rope from the base of Ledge route and walking up to the top of the Comb, an achievement in itself. With a hand line in place along the top ridge of the Comb, Donald then set about putting the abseil lines down, which entailed about 7 re-belays along the way.
I then descended after him with an extra 100m of rope just in case we needed it. Near the bottom of the abseil just above the vertical face were the climb ‘Don’t die of ignorance’ traverses over the roof, we needed the extra rope. The climb was put up by Dave Macleod in 2008 and graded XI, 11 and is a very impressive feat. With both of us safely on the scree at the base after about 300m of abseiling it was time for a little detour up No.4 gully to get the bags and look at some of the botany, especially the Alpine saxifrage, first seen on Ben Nevis by our team last week!. A great day out.
There was also a reporter from BBC Scotland radio ‘Out of doors show’. So if you are up between 7-8am on Saturday then listen to what we have been up to.
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