After last week's good session at Clova, Greg, Mhairi and I decided to head away for a quick two day bouldering trip. As usual, weather dictated the venue and we decided to head up to Cummingston and the surrounding areas as Greg's new "Bouldering Scotland" guide has an awesome Inverness area.
After driving up on Tuesday night we had a long day shredding our skin on the sandy beach at Cummingston and did a circuit of the shore from the right-hand side all the way across to the cave on the left. There were some awesome problems in all sectors and in between bouts of failing strength I managed to take some photos, it's such a photogenic venue with the stone beach and sea.
As skin and strength failed we decided to end the day with some tradding on some of the great routes. I climbed "Centre" and "Left" which are both VS but great fun and with some great climbing. It was great to be back on the sharp end and working out the moves without having a spongy mat to soften a short fall, feeling relatively strong which is great and I'm pretty psyched for the upcoming trad season.
After a stunning sunset and an extended exit from the crag via the playpark, we headed back to Aviemore and had a feast before spending some time sanding/super-glueing and doing general finger maintenance!
On Thursday we headed towards Inverness and across to Ruthven Boulder. Psyche was built on the drive as Brin Rocks looked amazing, incredibly steep but perhaps it is deceptive; will have to go back and see anyway! Ruthven is very much a boulder and it's a great place to climb over looking the little loch and surrounding hills. Again sore skin played a part as some of the gneiss is incredibly sharp; routes such as "Cheese Grater" and "Shreddies" give some indication! However the wonders of super-glue and finger tape are very impressive and we had another good day enjoying working around the boulder getting more mileage before heading back down to Edinburgh.
It was a great trip and mega-psyched for a summer of trad and more new places!