Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve fun.

The belays had some good views today

In an attempt to avoid the masses of powder in the East Davy and I headed West today. We ended up on the Bealach na Ba, towards Applecross, and climbed the brilliant Cobalt Buttress. Without a breath of wind, a cloud in the sky, snow at sea level and temperatures touching -17 on the drive over, conditions couldn’t have been more perfect.

The route itself is well worthy of its 3* and the best I have climbed this year. The crux is quite nippy and the other pitches all provided worthwhile and thoughtful climbing. Topping out just as the sun was setting over Skye with every square inch of land covered in snow it was impressive end to a good day.

Davy happy after the crux wall.

Davy about to top out of the overhanging chimney on pitch 4.

On the way out we noted another headlight with about 60mts of climbing to go on a buttress nearer the sea with Martin Morans mini bus in the layby I suspect he was out new routing.
As I type the snow is yet again falling heavily and Santa is on his way!

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