|1st gearing up of the season for the team|
|High up on the final headwall on A'chioch|
|Summit team on Beinn Bhan|
Day 3, urghh! Rain beating off the wind rocking mini bus as we drove down Glen Torridon, I mustered up some enthusiasm and coaxed everyone out the bus and we started the 2 hour walk along the Allt a' Choire Dhuibh Mhoir up into Coireag Dubh Mor. Might I add, in 60 mph head winds driving rain through every opening and stitching leaving us all utterly soaked by the time we reached the corrie. Again I dug deep and found some more enthusiasm as the rain slowly turned to stinging graupel. We opted for the Way up (I) gully. And for Matt and John to do the leading. A great performance from them in these horrendous conditions but after half way it was getting a bit much, especially as Matt was getting very cold and his lips were changing colour. From here I took over and we whizzed up to the top, still been blasted by constant graupel, so powerful that it would sting the back of my legs. We all belly flopped over the gully rim like soldiers who have just completed the toughest assault course. We rejoiced as we were out of the worst of the winds. Today was no summit day. No chance. We got 'outta there'! So grim but what everyone agreed as type two fun (fun afterwards, not so much during).
|Walking round Beinn Eighe|
|Low on West Buttress|
|Dont worry lads, there is only a couple of tricky pitches...oops!|
Our final day dawned and again we just about had good conditions. We never touched freezing level, it was always one pitch above our head. With this forecast we took the walk back into Coireag Dubh Mor and climbed George (III,4) which goes in pretty much any condition fortunately. We made pretty swift progress up the route and this time went over the summit of Spidean a' Choire Leith before making our final descent off Liathach, our final knee destroying descent of the week. All in all, it was one of those weeks, a week that looks suboptimal but actually it proved to be very productive and very enjoyable, albeit a little tiring. Thanks to my clients for putting in all the hard work and the very generous tips at the end. Hopefully see you all again soon.
|Leaving the cave pitch on West Buttress|