Sunday, 31 May 2009
The hot and sunny weather is bringing walkers, climbers and sightseers to Glencoe in their droves, so we bar staff are rather busy at the moment! Despite this, on Saturday morning myself, Isi and James found time to get a route done on the east face of Aonach Dubh. After a few false starts we located the beginning of Bowstring, a delightful long Diff line climbing slabs and walls almost to the summit of the hill. The rock was of good quality and it made an excellent chilled-out solo.
The descent, on the other hand, proved a little more exciting. I foolishly led us down the wrong col for Dinnertime Buttress, aiming down the North Face of Aonach Dubh by accident! Some sketchy downclimbing on loose steep rock eventually led us to the terrace beneath the upper tier of the face, which we traversed easily until we finally reached Dinnertime Buttress. This is a route I dislike due to its relentlessly steep grass slopes and poor quality of scrambling, not to mention the crux chimney, which I got stuck in on one embarassing descent in foul conditions. However, it is the most direct route back down to the pub.
We made it down fifteen minutes before work, and were almost immediately plunged into one of the hardest bar shifts I have ever experienced--certainly the busiest day in the Clachaig since New Year, and in many ways harder than New Year's Eve. A knackering day all round, but the mountain route in the morning was more than worth it.
Photos from yesterday