UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
Today was Ryan’s last day with me, and he was keen to climb something tricky and icy, so tricky and icy he got, in abundance! We wandered up to Observatory Gully to see what the teams ahead were doing, and with two teams homing in on Point 5 Gully, and with one team heading up to The Sickle, I decided that an empty Hadrian’s Wall Direct should quench Ryan’s thirst. Although the crux pitch is the brilliant 60m first pitch, the remainder of the climb still provided plenty of interest, and the steeper section towards the top put the icing on the cake.
The last time I climbed Hadrian’s Wall Direct was back in 2009, with Tony Shepherd, during an intentional moonlit night time ascent, so it was great to enjoy the climb under blue skies and to be able to see everything in the light of day.
It’s been a great haul of routes for Ryan this week, building hugely on his previous experiences, and should stand as a great platform for his future winter climbing ventures! Mike was on Left Edge Route (see photo), which looked like good fun.