Friday 30 May 2014

Great weather and great company on Great Ridge

Brian and Iain texted me late last night suggesting s trip to this classic climb on Garbh Bheinn and after a week of paperwork and quality family time it sounded just the job. Its some years since I've been on the route and today was the first time we've had company. The van driver next to us on the Corran Ferry clocked us as climbers from our forearms and we spotted him as one but the guidebook he was reading.
We hit the direct start after a sweaty walk in a pitch or so behind a pair and the van team (Tim and friend) were a wee way behind us. The first few pitches gave great value on excellent rock as ever. At the grass rake we caught the first team up and found 4 EUMC students waiting for the main Ridge too but they kindly let us through. The upper part of the Ridge has super exposure for a Diff with the core yawning below dappled with clouds and sunshine. It was almost a shame when it had to end!
 Iain on the walk in with the Ridge above
 Starting up
 Brian following the first pitch
 The ramp traverse… quality
 End of our second pitch
 On the upper Ridge
 Great views
 A long way down
 High on the Ridge
 Nearing the top
 EUMC topping out
Spot the climber
 See him yet?

How about now?

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