Saturday, 3 November 2012

CD Buttress

Today I fulfilled an ambition to climb on Skye in winter.   Throughout the summer I have been spending quite a quantity of time on the Cuillin and was looking forward to doing some winter routes.  I did climb Pinnacle Ridge years ago which was absolutely fantastic and always wanted to do more.  So with this cold snap, I got in touch with Mike who lives on Skye and know the mountains well.  He suggested we head up to Sgurr Thearlaich and more specifically the Stone Shoot Face.  We had a few options, a new route or an established route.  We agreed we would try an established route and come back tomorrow for a new route.  So we climbed the imaginatively named CD Buttress (V,6) which is a great route working its way through a couple of off widths and steep ground.  We climb the route in 3 pitches plus one short entry pitch.  Conditions were brilliant, plenty of snow, good cold temperatures, good turf and fantastic climbing.  Looking forward to tomorrow.

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