Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Back to Polldubh!





Affirmative folks, it's that time of year again! With mild conditions prevailing in the mountains and steady, if slowing, thaw of lying snow (despite a new dusting overnight up high) we decided to go for a Polldubh day today. Isi and I teamed up with our friend Maz, who has plenty of walking and scrambling experience but was keen to do some outdoor rock-climbing.

The day was a little chilly and windy but entirely dry; most of the crags are drying out nicely in the breeze despite yesterday's heavy rain. A (very courteous) Outward Bound group were making use of the SW Buttress area and a few more teams were out and about.

We climbed Repton Ridge, The Gutter, and the Right Wall of Styx Buttress. As my first rock-climbing session since the summer, the movement felt quite unnatural at first and the tendency was to try and kick into the rock as if I was wearing crampons! However, I soon got back into the swing of things and enjoyed climbing the familiar classic easy routes, particularly the Gutter, which is my favourite route at Polldubh.

Maz was also pleased with the day's work, with two Diffs and a VDiff under her belt. Tomorrow we are aiming to climb Stob Coire nan Lochan and Bidean by the North Ridge.

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