Friday, 19 July 2013

Cleaning a Extreme Rock classic

Blair approaching the crux
Over the last few years of living in and around Fort William, I have climbed in Glen Nevis on many occasions.  One route, Quality Street (E3 6a) has always stood out but I had never been near it for two reasons.  1) It was too hard for me and 2) it hasn't been climbed for years so is very dirty.  So I took it upon myself to abseil down it today and give it a good clean.  Blair read his book as I did all the hard work.  After loosing all the feeling in my legs (and not cleaning the bottom section) I had a wee rest and then went for the lead.  The route was clean but unfortunately I wasn't feeling up to it.  Again my ability (or lack of) let me down.  I felt tired, from cleaning the route, multiple days in the mountains and the temperatures we have been experiences.  But excuses aside, I'm just too weak!  Blair took over and climbed the route clean, and thought it to be hard E3/easy E4.  It was well protected and I should have just committed because I seconded it fine.  I led the top pitch too which was really nice before we abseiled off.  Kenny turned up so tied onto the bottom and had the mother of all top ropes.  Good thing he never fell off. So another brilliant route in Glen Nevis ready to be climbed.
Blair through the crux
Kenny loving the newly cleaned route

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