Wednesday, 9 September 2009

An answered prayer




At last, after almost two months or near-constant rain, cloud, and high winds, the weather has changed. Today was fine, and the forecast is for up to ten days of excellent weather.

It is time to get some more climbing and walking done before the bad weather of Autumn sets in.

This evening after work I went for a potter up the hillside. I had intended to climb on the West Face of Aonach Dubh, but the river was still too high to cross, so instead I made a visit to a vegetated little crag near the bottom of the Chasm of An t-Sron. It proved to be a good contender for the most slimy and vegetated crag in the world; only one 'route' appeared to be at all possible, and that was far too steep.

However, I noticed an amazing free-hanging waterfall in the gully to the right, which was the bottom of the Chasm of An t-Sron. Intrigued, I found a way into the bottom of the gully and discovered a deep, dank ravine, shrouded in ferns and mosses. It was an incredibly atmospheric place although it didn't take long to realise that the overhanging waterfall pitch was impossible to climb in summer conditions, and would indeed take significant freezing to ever form a decent icefall!

Photos from today

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