Ice Climbing on Skye - White Wedding

Just back from an incredible few days over on Skye with Joris.  After seeing some great photos from Mike Lates earlier in the week we decided that we had to go and experience Skye in the winter!  Winter conditions are generally fickle in Scotland, but Skye is a different beast altogether.  Conditions can go from good to non existent in a matter of days, but the forecast was as good as it gets!

We drove over late on Thursday night with the intention of heading in to have a go at White Wedding - an ice climb first climbed in 1986 by Mick Fowler and co., and which only saw its second ascent this year.

The snow line is relatively high on the Cuillin so the walk in was very pleasurable.  We reached the bottom of the route and decided that we would solo up the first pitch.  Joris took the lead on the next pitch, a long and thin streak of ice to a bay.  The third pitch was the crux and was pretty steep but short lived and had really good ice for axes.  Beyond this the ground is relatively easy - mainly about grade II with the occasional step of III so we packed away the ropes and solo'd to the top of the ridge in beautiful sunshine!