Friday 28 March 2008

Tues Wed Torridon

I was in Torridon on Tuesday and Wednesday. At the bginning of the week fresh snow was falling in Strahcarron and Torridon right down to sea level. On Tuesday I was alone in Coie Lair and walked in in heavy drifitng snow from the road. Hoping to climb Academy Ridge I was put off watching the constant spindrift avalanches on the East face of Sgurr Ruadh and waded to Fuar Tholl's NE cliff where I climbed The Pile (II) and slid down Left Prallel Gully.

On Wednesday the weather was more amenable and Steve, Stuart and I went to Diabaig and scrambled up the interesting West Spur of Meall Ceann Na Creige. This Grade III scramble (described in the SMC Highlands Scrambles North Guide) is conveniently situated 100m from the car park. In the afternoon we went to the delightful single pitch gneiss crag at Ardheslaig. We climbed Very Gneiss, Scooby Doo, Quite Gneiss and Encore (all 35m V Diffs and Severes) on dry rough rock in cool weather but sheltered from the worst of the wind. It felt quite strange to be back in rock shoes and axeless!

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