Thursday, 29 September 2011

Northwards for rock! 27/09/11-29/09/11

Adam and I headed up north to Aviemore hoping to climb up high, unfortunately the wind prevented us from getting up there as it was gusting over 60mph everyday. We had a pretty good plan B though and after cranking out some evening routes at Huntley's Cave we headed to Creag Ghlas in Strathconon for a day of multi-pitch slab climbing.

After a leisurely cycle the path becomes significantly steeper but we eventually made it up to the base of Salamander, our chosen line. The route ended up being 5 excellent pitches, with pitches 1,3,4 all being brilliant. The crux pitch for us was the first as the crack was damp which made it quite interesting!

The corner fourth pitch was excellent and probably the best pitch on the route, very Hammer-esque on the Slabs.

After heading back and climbing on Moy Rock to totally knacker ourselves we headed up early to the Cairngorms but were again thwarted by the wind so headed home via Logiehead and then Creag Death and had fun climbing King Bee which was nails! Another great trip though and Salamander was a brilliant route in a new location which is always nice!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Back to Newtonhill and a boulder 22/09/11-23/09/11

Sean, Mark and I headed back up towards Aberdeen to get back on the steepness of Newtonhill North.

We had a good day in great weather; Mark and Sean had fun ticking off some of the classics and I did two awesome HVS's, both flashed with little beta, which I was psyched about!

Feeling somewhat tired we had a day bouldering at Bowden and doing some of the easy routes there. It was great to get back out on the rock again!