Wednesday 25 May 2016

Gneiss sunny slabs

Holly Tree Slab is so clearly visible as a gleaming sheet of rock close to the road from Corran to Strontian that I've been promising myself a wander up it for years. Today the sunshine, inclination and a likeminded partner coincided so Cameron and I headed across the ferry to Meall a' Braighaid. Its less than 15 minutes walk to the base of Holly Tree Slab which was as it appeared: a sheet of cleanest gneiss at an easy angle. We soloed it and then came down its left side, back up a rib there, down again, round to the right and up a slightly harder slab and then wandered up and right searching for its companion routes. We struggled a little with the descriptions but certainly found clean sheets of gneiss that were a lot harder than Holly Tree Slab and gave 60+m lines (including a couple of cracks that would have taken gear). Then we rambled back down to the bags (and I squeezed one more solo of HTS in) before sun induced lassitude caused us to call it a day. Very relaxing...

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