A flawless summer day in the Loch Avon Basin.
Soloing Raeburn's Buttress Direct on tuesday left me feeling satisfied and content. Some routes can become really important to you, and sometimes after climbing one of them I like to step back for a short while, reflect and think about what I want next.
Yesterday morning was beautiful. Mist filled the glens and the drive up past Loch Morlich was at its finest, red squirrels chasing each other across the road and mallards breaking the glassy reflections of the Northern Corries in the water. It was warm and the sky was full of promise, the kind of day when everything feels just that much better.
Unbroken sunshine over the Cairngorms
Dawn mist on Loch Morlich
Carn Etchachan and the Shelterstone
Serrated Rib (Moderate*), Stag Rocks
Serrated Rib is the central arete
Would I have had any less of a good day if I'd not climbed a route yesterday? I'm not sure, but that uncertainty feels good sometimes, to not feel failure if the route is not ticked….and for longer term satisfaction to be more important than the immediate.