Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Back to Stag Rocks

Out today observing an MIC Candidate and his two students. We went to Stag Rocks and after descending Diagonal Gully and looking at options they followed Max's team up Apex Gully with me observing.
We had a pleasant sunny walk in to .1141 with a temperature inversion in the Spey Valley and then descended Coire Raibert in mist. We had a few views across Loch Avon whilst we were climbing but returned to the Cas Car Park in very poor vis again. It was mild throughout the day and many of the rockier routes were bare on Stag Rocks today although Hells Lum is still utterly buried.
Great pick from one of the other teams here:
 Cloud sea
 Cas Ridge
 Fiacaill of Coire an t Sneachda
 How are we going to get from here to there?
 Dog leg
 Hells Lum
 Diagonal Gully
 Final Groove- warning- needs a freeze!
 Max  on Apex Gully
 Looking across to Hells Lum
 Back up the Gully
 Walkers on Loch Avon… careful now!
 First Pitch
 Max on the crux (III? Maybe a little IV in there we all agreed)
 Pitch 2- the easy bit
 Chatting his students through the crux moves
 Getting the axe in
Funky clouds off the end of the Cas Ridge on the way out

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