So checked the temperature -10c and then packed a small bag and set off for the mountain. I took the walking poles and put the ice spikes in the bag. And to quote Patagonia 'The more you know, the less you need'. True in so many ways. The snow and ice are simply not here in the city but the hill looked a good bit whiter. Unwilling to run in the grey air I opted to hike it all (apart from a new bit of downhill into the ger camp). I am pretty certain I wouldn't have attempted this last year. I did not know the mountain so well as I do now but it was also just too cold to contemplate that amount of time out in the open. This winter is so mild.
It was a lovely hike up to the ridge.
|looking back you can see the grey air hovering over the city - you cant see them but the ger district and hills to the north are completely swallowed|
|The ice/snow crystals were beautiful|
The footing was better than I expected but I was glad of the poles.
There has been 'work' on the ridge.
|looking North - four large holes|
|and looking south there are similar looking 'platforms' some with big holes some without|
I have not used poles for years preferring not to bother with the faff and just keeping moving but as I was in no hurry I had them, and thoroughly enjoyed the extra security they provided. Maybe I should have traded my Rocklites for Ugg boots and done away with the poles.
Details and a map here