Thursday, 4 October 2012

Glen Nevis

So today John and I wanted to spend a short day cragging before we went shopping for our little mini break to Skye.  We wanted to put some of the techniques and skills we learnt in the climbing wall and bring them to the outdoor platform.  So we headed into Glen Nevis where we could get quite a few pitches in before we had to head north.  The vibe was good down the Glen with several teams out climbing and a few big groups from the College and Outward Bound.  We avoided all the youngsters and completed a journey through some of the crags linking up some classic routes.  We started of on Three Pines (Severe) which had a very damp and tricky start up a greasy arête/slab to a tree belay and then the awkward top pitch through the overhanging corner.  We then traversed and climbed the brilliant Flying Dutchman (Severe), the first pitch isn't great but the second is fantastic, traversing on footholds and minimal handholds over a nice undercut slab then finishing on the finger crack at the top.  You get your moneys worth on this severe!  We then continued up the hill and into the sun and climbed Secretaries Direct (Severe) which is just fantastic at the grade in a beautiful setting.  Well worth walking up to.  With a tight agenda, we had to call it a day and make our way upto Skye.  The forcast looks good!

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