Tuesday 28 June 2016

Its pink and its wet

Today was the end of a long spell of varied work for me, NGBs, mountaineering guiding, teaching climbing at single pitch, multi pitch and mountain venues what a great summer!
Today was no exception. I was working on one of the MCofS Scrambling Courses and was teamed up with Isi and Paul who yesterday went up Dinnertime Buttress looking at movement, route finding and 'rope only' rope work skills. Today we fed them some more skills as the 3 of us ascended the Pink Rib on Beinn a Chrulaiste. Despite living close to it for 13 years now it was the first time I've done it and I was glad to finally get to go and have a look. The guys led themselves up the route using a variety of belaying techniques and we kept the runners simple limiting them to spikes. It rained. And when we topped out and headed for the summit it rained even harder. And, of course, when we descended to meet the other courses members back at Lagangarbh it stopped!
 Paul belaying with Buachaille Etive Mor beyond
 Isi following
 Isi using an Italian Hitch as part of a direct belay
The Pink Rib lies above left of the guys in this shot

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