Up on the third bin up and first to the top ski hut in increasing wind, poor visibility but what looked like good conditions. A long dry settled period had scoured the hill and faces and removed any excess snow.
|Snow bollard into Easy Gully|
|Craig on second pitch of Left Twin|
|Mark coming over the steep pitch onto easier ground|
|Collection the rope after an abseil into Easy Gully|
|Looking for White Snake|
We had the guide book out and went looking for White Shark - a good looking IV 4 ice route on Central Buttress. After some head scratching, we followed a lovely ice line up steep ground, following a rope well ahead of us.
|Mark on P1 of White Shark - just disappearing onto uber steep ground|
We both agreed the pitch was easily worthy of grade V and wondered if we were on the wrong route. We checked the book again and although some things matched, the peg belay got no mention and the route description was fairly short and vague - though the topo looked ok.
|Mark abing off the route|
All in, a great day on super ice. Pity about the bins and the wind but it helped create the conditions we enjoyed. And the knee is still holding out, despite the walk out! Oh, and it transpires we were on White Shark...not a IV 4 on the day, that's for sure! Worthy of a return though, as we did all the hard work, with easier ground above.
|Very cold but happy chappies :)|