Stripping in Comb Gully

Today my job entailed another commute up Ledge route to the top of the Comb to abseil down Comb Gully and take out the belays holding the rope on the right line.  The abseil started down a vertical, slippery face of rock and then into Comb gully itself, which at this time of year is a rocky waterfall.

But it’s not all fun and games as half way down the gully unsurprisingly a basketball size rock came down and hit me on the shoulder, which just so happens to be near my head.  Luckily no damage done so down I went with just the snow patch to tunnel under at the base.

Yesterday turned out to be ‘big find Wednesday’ as on top of us finding the new area of Highland Saxifrage, Ian found a new area of Alpine Saxifrage.  Only the second area to be found on Ben Nevis, both by the survey team, with a 3rd area know to be on Aonach Beag, we have trebled the population area.

More photos on my facebook page.

This project is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Highland Council.  It is also sponsored by Mammut.

Ab'ing in to Comb gully

Ab’ing in to Comb gully

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