I teamed up with friends Andy and Huw today for a day of play on the Black Ladders. It was a stunning Alpine day with blue skies and sunshine and a really nice way to spend the last day of the decade. We broke trail through some deep snow and climbed Pyramid Gully (IV, 5) in 6 pitches. There is a lot of deep snow about and you need to pick a route with care but this one gave us a brilliant day out on good ice. We started to the left of the route and traversed in to avoid a large snow cone at the foot of the route.
The avalanche accidents in Scotland over the last few days are very sad and my heart goes out to all of the friends and families of those involved, may they rest in peace.