Friday, 8 February 2013

The Screaming

Matt and I both have a couple of days off, so headed to Beinn an Dothaidh today for a steep mixed route whilst the body is working.  The aim of the day was to climb The Screaming VIII,8**, which has a 20m overhanging crack as it's crux pitch.  As Matt and I don't get to climb that often together any more, and I had the crux last time out, I was happy for him to have this one and enjoy the toprope.

Matt sending large

The route had 2 pleasant VI,6ish pitch at the start which went by really quickly.  Standing underneath the main crack, it didn't look that steep.  However, once Matt was on it, the angle the gear was hanging off his harness suggested otherwise.  In true Stygall style, he dispatched the pitch swiftly.  It was a great pitch to climb.  Positive hooks, with big moves between them.  Not a mass of gear, but enough.  Easy ground to the top saw us top out before 1pm, and back at the car before 2pm.  A least it means we get a good rest before hitting the Ben with friends tomorrow.
Steeper than it Looks

Getting involves

The smile suggests a good day has been had!!

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