Yesterday I headed up for some more XC action with Sophie, Scott, Helen, Mairi and Andrew. We went up to Wolftrax for the day and had fun smashing around the tracks there. Apparently there are some really good secret trails but we couldn't find them so just ended up on the normal routes which are still really fun and could be dangerously fast if you had a bit of time to work them.
Today Sophie and I cycled into Creag Meagaidh to have a look at some of the classic routes. Cycling in was great and we got to the loch after about an hour and fifteen, especially so with a light rack of a single half-rope and 8 screws...I'd better be feeling confident then!
We were hoping to do Pumpkin but eventually decided on South Post Direct as it was easier to locate and descend Easy Gully than navigate to the Window. The route was great, a nice starting pitch up water ice followed by some gully slogging to the crux pitch. Unfortunately the crux pitch wasn't in condition with the top half being unconsolidated dry snow and very little ice, seeing the party ahead of us repeatedly fall off from the end of the ice and start of the vertical snow made the decision for us and we avoided the pitch on the left. As we topped out into the wind everything went very white and we ended up in that great frozen carboard suit that your clothes turn into after a good old Scottish day!
Eyebrows frozen and all we found Easy Gully and headed down to find Neil and Pauline playing on the great first pitch of Last Post before jumping back on the bikes and enjoying a swift 50min great descent back to the car! Another good day at an amazing venue.
Uni for the start of this week and then Sarah's Law Ball on Wednesday which should be a good night, hopefully more climbing soon though! Make sure to check out Greg's blog (gregboswell.blogspot.com) to keep up to date with what's happening at the forefront of the sport!