Friday, 7 September 2012

Neist Point

Today was day two with Erik and Fabian.  The weather was clearing from the north-west so we opted for Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye.  We arrived to blue skies and an empty crag.  Most of the routes were dry after yesterdays rain and we set up and abseil and went into the Financial Sector, quite fitting as Fabian works in this sector in Switzerland.  We started off on Shocks and Stares (HS 4b) which the guys learnt how to fist jam, something they have never had to do on bolted sport routes in their country.  Fortunately they were quick learners.  After topping out we all abseiled back in and I led them up Midas Touch (VS 4c) which goes up to a wee roof and follows a curving overhang to its end and then pulls through on good holds, a fantastic route.  We were all psyched for the route to the right which shared the same start but took another overhang and followed a groove come crack.  Hand-jamming-tastic!  The guys both did very well on this route too.

We then went down to Destitution Point which is directly above the water so we had to abseil into a belay and climb back out.  We firstly climbed Man of Straw (VS 4c) and then went back in and made a quick ascent of Come Around To My Way of Thinking (E1 5b).  A great place to spend a day, in fact a great place to spend lots of days, so much to climb!

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