Main text: Here is Brian approaching Poachers Fall V,5****, a now classic climb first climbed by Andy Nisbet and Richard McHardy in 1978, on Liathach.
Below is the bottom of the climb. Poachers Fall is on the right and Salmon Leap is the icefall on the left.
It had thawed on Saturday and we decided to start early allowing us to make best use of the cold temperatures and good ice.
I did pitch two starting with an ice step...
... followed by a steep icefall to a good belay...
... which Brian used to raise his low blood sugar by eating Soreen malt loaf. Nothing works better in winter!
The last pitch started with some mixed climbing...
... and the ice umbrella above can be avoided on the left. A little bit more of ice followed before reaching the easier upper snow field. We then descended out of the mist to be treated to a Torridonian spring view.
And from time to time we a bumslide.