|Me setting off on the superbly sustained first pitch|
It took a bit of effort to leave the car today in the Cairngorms as it was raining at the Ski centre. We knew it was too get cold so we knew it was going to snow at some point. We marched in, heads down, almost in silence. We had an objective and I was over thinking the process as I walked in. Whilst gearing up Greg Boswell and Will Sim turned up with the intention of trying a route near to us...nothing like a bit of pressure for two exceptional climbers! I set off on the first pitch and found it to be relatively friendly...nice gear and good hooks. The hard moves started coming and kept coming all the way to the end of the 35m pitch, A summer HVS 5a pitch. Murdoch then dispatched the final crux pitch, with a little bit of up and downing to find the best way up. Super strenuous pitch. Other teams were on Auricle and two teams bailed off Milky Way after 1 rope length...looked like alot of snow there.