Saturday, 7 January 2012

The joys of Scottish winter

first pitch of overseer direct V,6
I have just returned from a short stint in Scotland where I had a week to climbing with John Orr.  We based ourselves in the East at Aviemore and were hoping to tick lots of classic.  Unfortunately conditions and weather were awful to say the least.

We arrived up late on New Years day and with no accommodation sorted so we just stayed in the car at the Cairngorm car park. We had an early start (7ish) and headed in to Corrie an Lochan with No 4 buttress as the intended area.  With the slopes below No 4 completely loaded we opted for Overseers Direct a 2 pitch V,6.  We had a bit of shelter on route and the spin drift was bearable and the route was very pleasant.

top pitch Overseer Direct 
The next day 3 days were plagued with high winds 100mph on the plateau and fluctuating temperatures.  We ventured out and tried to get on routes but it would have just been a suffering match!  Below are a few pictures from the week.

Loch Avon on not so nice a day

The Orr getting sorted in the Car Park

The variation approach to fiacaill buttress!!


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