Coire Farchal Photos and Topo

Mac, as usual, managed to get some excellent photos when we were climbing Silver Threads Among The Gold. I’ve put a couple below (click on them to see them full size). There’s more in his UK Climbing gallery at http://www.ukclimbing.com/photos/author.html?id=77600 .

Me on the first pitch as described in the SMCJ. Photo credit: Ian McIntosh

Me on the first pitch as described in the SMCJ. Photo credit: Ian McIntosh

A belay just below the split boulder. Photo credit: Ian McIntosh.

A belay just below the split boulder. Photo credit: Ian McIntosh.

I’ve also created a topo of the line, but wanted to check with the first ascensionists before putting it up. It’s now below. The red line is the route as described in the SMC Journal. The blue are the variations we took on the day (an easy entry pitch and a traverse right to join Pearls Before Swine on the top pitch due to deep semi-consolidated snow). The crag is probably best in lean conditions i.e. turf frozen hard, but not too much snow. Some of the lines may be easier if there’s a build up of well frozen snow on them.

Coire Farchal Silver Threads Among the Gold Topo

Coire Farchal Silver Threads Among the Gold Topo