Tuesday, 12 June 2012

More Glencoe and Clifton

Last Saturday i had another great day in the Glencoe, this time climbing up on Rannoch wall. Although the walk in is a total trek, it was definitely worth it for the new routes we climbed. Rannoch wall was mobbed with a university team so we headed round to right and climbed Engineers crack E1 5b and fracture route Vs. These were both excellent climbs which are done less than agags, but definitely worth 3 stars. To finish off we climbed the 3 pitch grooved arete VS4b, 4b my arse! The first 2 pitches had moves that were at least 5a, if not 5b. However it was still a great route with some tricky route finding and some tiny gear!

Me on Engineers crack

Unfortunately the weather has crapped out a bit and so we went to check out Clifton crag near Dumfries on sunday. Finding the crag was a bit of a hassle and we had to cross a few fields to get to it. I'm a little (just a little) bit scared of bulls so when a herd of bullocks (easily mistaken for bulls!) started running towards us, i chucked my bag over a wall and climbed over. Now out of the hundreds of meters of wall i could have thrown my bag over, it happened to land right in the cows drinking trough! We eventually made it to the crag with a soggy rope and gear only to be a little bit disappointed at the littleness of it. The rock was absolutely brilliant but the routes were very short lived. We climbed the two classics, wall street E15b and the Arete E2 5B. Although the crag wasn't amazing we were in the sunshine all day!

Me on wall street

and again..

showing my fear of bulls!

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