Still winter climbing on the Benn
Keswick Staff Blog
Sunday 27th March 2011
Team PlanetFear and Team Hagloffs hit The Ben this weekend as man flu had ruled out races and the possibility of a Bob Graham attempt..
After a bit of lazy start from the top car park (!) we coughed and
spluttered into the CIC hut - the amount of snow which has vanished over the last week is impressive for the wrong reasons - that said it didn't seem to put off the crowds.
Snow free until we got underneath Douglas Boulder and then buckets and
buckets of wet spring snow heading towards Tower Scoop, which offered
plastic ice, first time placements and screws that nats could pull out!! We took the right hand finish which had a great little section of steeper ice,
especially tough for Nat with her "near" broken arm following an earlier
scrap with a bit of flying debris.
The high classics saw plenty of action - we counted 8 on Hadrians Wall, a
team approaching the missing bit in 0.5 and spoke to people who'd done
Cascade, Comb Gully and of course the super strong Hagloff team who'd just cruised Smith's - even with a girl..
Off to find lemsips now
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