Thursday, 9 January 2014

The Message

A happy ascent team

Today Karen, Rhys and I headed over to the gorms for a shorter walk, and hopefully some good mixed climbing.  Snow conditions have improved massively, as we could walk anywhere on firm snow.  The routes are still plastered in snow and ice, but it is much more useful than the weekend.  We were pretty quick into the corie, so got on the Message IV,6***.  This is climbing easily, but there is not much gear to be had unless you dig forever.  We climbed the route quickly, but they were not keen for another after getting sand blasted by the NW wind up the crag.  Instead, we cruised over 1141m and down for coffee.  There where a good few teams on many of the usual routes, so at least the belays are dug out.

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