Thursday 27 September 2007

Elaine and Jonathon were out with me for three days to move towards lead climbing on their own. Our first day (16 Sept) was particularily wet but we spent it at Polldubh climbing Hangover Butress Left Edge (the first route recorded at the crags), Cross 3 (a spectacular route for a single pitch Diff - a rising traverse with the exposure doubling with every move) and the rainy day favourite - the Gutter. Withme leading we focused on belay builidng, runner placements and lead and second belaying. For day two we drove out to Ardnamurchan - the west coaster's secret weapon for dodging the rain. We had sunny ut breezy weather. We warmed up with me leading Krakatoa (Severe) with the steep 4b finish. After that the guys led An Toiseach (V Diff) before following me up Greta Gabbro (VS 4c). Jonathon finished with a great lead of a single pitch Severe. For our third and final day we followed the forecast to Kingussie. Fresh snow on the tops meant we had a greasy day at Kingussie (where the gear is harder to come by) before finishing early to go for a hot drink at The Ice Factor where we spent some time consolidating on what we had done.

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