My Guiding and Instructing Company: www.elements.gb.net Date: 04th/01/12
Today was yet another wild, wintery and windy day in the Corie an t-Sneachda, the wind blasted hard for most of the the time we were in the Corie. It was having a positive effect on the crags bringing them into good winter nick but made climbing and belaying a bit of a suffer fest!
There were plenty of other teams out and about today, Mess of Pottage proving to be a popular choice by many teams.
We decided on Droidless (VI-6*) a route neither Dave E, Nicola or myself have ever climbed. The first pitch was excellent climbing on well spaced good hooks and good gear. Lots of strong winds and snow / spindrift battered us through out the day, sapping warmth and willing.
After Dave’s lead of the first pitch which involved a reasonable amount of clearing, Nicola and I followed. On reaching the belay it was a team decision to bale out and abseil off. There’s suffering because it’s worth it and suffering when it’s not! Today it proved not to be worth the suffering.
Dave E and I are heading out tomorrow, Lochnagar was our intended venue but it’s all sounding and looking a bit uncertain. Our other venue maybe Carn Etchachan tomorrow, we’ll just need to see what all this new snow and wind has done?