Wednesday, 6 January 2010


Sorry for the lack of up to date info. I have been away from regular internet access this week, hopefully I have caught up now.

Matt and I had spent the night in the van up at the Bridge of Orchy. We headed up on to Creag an Socach on Beinn Dorain. The approach was a relatively easy hour walk in. There has been some strong winds about as we noticed some hard wind slab with a number of layer that broke away easily. The main event was Messiah. At VII,7 this is said to be one of the finest climbs in the Southern highland. It did not disappoint, sustained steep climbing, with excellent turf gave an awesome experience. Matt made swift work of the first pitch which included the hilarious hand traverse. I linked the next 2 pitches to make quiet a long strenuous pitch. The vertical ice groove on pitch 3 was a mix pitch all the way.

We had time to do another easier route, so we climbed Second Coming. This is a very interesting III,4 that climbs some steep turf and pleasent ice. Matt also desided to throw his axe down the crag at the belay so had to make do with just 1 and a snug rope. We had almost given up hope of finding said axe when I stumbled across it saving the day from a nagative end.

An amazing day in awesome weather.

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