Monday, December 29, 2008

Good fun on Grooved Rib.

A little whiter than of late!
Davy and I had a walk in to Coire an-t Sneachda this morning, with one half rope and a light rack, with the intention of playing around on the easy gully lines. However when we got there, the crag had been in the cloud overnight, and after a light dusting, and hoaring from the cloud, a few other routes had come into reasonable nick. There was a strong wind blowing from the south all day, and by the end of the day, things were looking a lot whiter still.
We started with Grooved Rib, a good fun route with a couple of nice grooves, the right hand one had a little steeping before the top of the second pitch, and a good chimney to finish. Spindrift, frozen eyebrows, it was a proper winters morning on the route. Top fun.

Davy on the Middle pitch of Grooved Rib.

Top Pitch.
Rob and Murdo just so happened to follow us up the route, a small world this climbing one!
Rob and Murdo having fun.
We finished the day with a solo of Crotched Gully, again top fun.
Davy told me it was a fair number of years since he last soloed Crotched Gully, I wont say how many , but enough that I was impressed anyway.

Davy at the top of Crotched Gully.
The snow was not quite as firm as it has been in the last few days, so perhaps things just warmed up slightly by the end of the day. Still good enough though.

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