Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Late summer sun

The high pressure has blessed us with a week of great weather here in the west of Scotland with just a few isolated showers blowing through. Al was at a wedding in Strathpeffer on Saturday and sepnt Sunday and Monday cragging out west. On Sunday they went to Stone Valley at the West end of Loch Maree and did the clssic Open Secret (HS), Bald Eagle (HVS 5a - just a spot of rain on it to add interest) and Cheesegrater Slab (VS 5a). A showery evening gave way to a grey Monday Morning so following advice in the excellent new Northern Highlands Central Guide they went out onto a coastal peninsula to the sandstone of Opinan Slabs. Here the rock was wet but still perfectly climbable. By midday the clouds had all disappeared so they relocated to Loch Tolaidh Crags to do one of the V Diffd there first done by the milatery in the 1940s followed by After Eight (Severe) and the fantastic Rough slab (VS 4c). All these routes are on immaculate rough Gneiss.
Tom and Joe have been continuing their explorations of Glen Nevis with an afternoon on Heatwave, Dundee Weaver and Pine Wall. Gill had a party of 4 out rock climbing on Saturday for us whilst at the same time Ali had Barry out on The Ben for a days mountaineering.

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