Tim Emmett and Ian Parnell opted for a visit to the Northern Corries rather than the more typical Pembroke for this Easter weekend and managed to come away with a significant first ascent.  Pick ?n Mix IX 9 climbs a two pitch tower taken by the summer HVS Nevermind, a route that has defied attempts by several parties at a winter ascent.  ?There was so much hoar on the tower that we couldn?t work out exactly where Nevermind went,? says Ian, ?our line took a logical line finishing up a superbly positioned groove in the right arête.  The whole of the top pitch overhung until the last move crux a completely amazing and weird move across a blank slab.?  On the pair?s first day of attempts Tim led the first pitch taking a fall and Ian led the top pitch taking two falls and eventually failing on the top slab.  ?Part of the challenge was the depth of the hoar covering the route which was up to a foot and a half deep in places.  It looked like something out of Patagonia and made life ridiculously strenuous.? Returning on Easter Sunday Ian led the first pitch free and then Tim managed the top pitch without falls although only just as his axe popped on the very last move while facing a potential 40foot fall. Tim leading the last pitch. Photo courtesy of Rich Heap / Slackjaw The whole ascent was filmed by Slackjaw films as a potential chapter for their forthcoming Hard XS film, documenting the wide variety of the British climbing experience.  Ian commented ?I was really glad Rich and Ben (from Slackjaw) made the effort as they were able to capture a proper battle in full conditions ? the real deal.? ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–