Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bolt Clipping in the Sun.

Just look at that smile, despite what she says Becs finds herself having fun on the top end of the rope!
Whilst locking off to clip the last bolt on sun-kissed rock on Saturday I was thinking why we need to bother heading out to the Mediterranean on Wednesday. Bolt clipping in the sun is not solely the reserve of Mediterranean Limestone!
Saturday was a glorious day with not a cloud in the sky as forecast! Becky and I were out on a little sports crag just North of Gairloch, Kuhjo Crag. A great crag with routes from 6a to 8a, well bolted and with the sun from about 3pm. Just next door is a little slab bolted with some easier stuff to warm up on. The rock is a Lewisan gneiss, rough with pockets, and many features that lend themselves well to climbing.
An attempt to onsight 6c was, well, not too successful. A hard route, with a very hard sequence by the first clip, failing to not unlock this was really frustrating, as the rest of the climb went, with effort, but went.
Oh well, the other routes here, that I did manage to complete, were lovely.
The day finished with fish and chips in Gairloch, whilst enjoying these we were blessed with a view of Beinn Eighe covered in snow, and bathed in evening sunlight. A truly magical view. A really good day out, and glad to see progress from the training, pulling on plastic.
Flying out to Mallorca on Wednesday, and right on queue I am sat here with a heavy dose of cold and enough energy to sip my tea. Typical!
Still at least I can browse the guide book for some suitable targets!
The view over to Beinn Eighe at tea time.

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