Thursday, December 22, 2011

First Winter Route of the Season: The Message

Ian and I have just come back from an abortive trip to the Caingorms. We had a great day out on Tuesday, but it warmed up on Wednesday so we headed home.
White crags and clear skies. Photo: Carter.
I’ve not climbed much in the Northern Corries, or anywhere in Scotland away from the Ben, so we had plenty to go at. The Mess of Pottage Buttress in Coire an t'Sneachda looked the safest bet with the crappy avalanche forecast.
We did the Message, four excellent pitches, with good hooks and runners. I felt a bit rusty at first, but the cobwebs felt well and truly blown away by the time we got back to the car.

Me bridging up a tricky corner. Photo: Carter.
Ian seconding pitch 2. Photo: Ripley.
Dan leading Pot of Gold pitch 3. Photo: Ripley

Me starting up the final groove. Photo: Carter.

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