Hadrian's Wall


Hadrian's Wall, on the North-East face of Ben Nevis, in winter (January 1975)

The author (leading) and his partner are ringed in red.

For those who know the place, the snowfield in the foreground is Observatory Gully. The route called Hadrian's Wall Direct (Scottish winter grade V) follows the steep ice (where the climbers are seen) up to the small snowfield directly below the overhanging rock in the upper centre of the photo. It then climbs diagonally up rightwards where a chimney (invisible) cuts through the rock band. The author was avalanched on the second snowfield immediately above this chimney.


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