Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A slightly smeggy Sheigra!

This weekend me and Martin drove all the way up to Sheigra to avoid the rain. Unfortunately the crag had already had a soaking during the week and the rock hadn't quite dried off yet (There were puddles in tha jugs!) . On Saturday, we went back to the second Geo which we had visited earlier this year. We only had a couple of routes left to do here but they are both given 3 stars! We set up the ab and i went down to the ledge. Annoyingly there was a waterfall (ok small trickle) down the corner which landed right on the belay ledge! I perched myself right on the ledge edge :P and waited for Martin to come down. We sorted the ropes and he headed off up Presumption E1 5b, moaning all the way about greasy holds. Eventually i got off the uncomfy belay and got the blood back into my arse! I seconded up and realised what he meant about grease. The holds were soaking!

Presumption E1 5b


After this route we decided not to go back down to the ledge due to coldness and wet huds and so we climbed at a smaller but more sheltered crag in between the first two Geos. We done some amazing wee routes here including, Above the Blue-E1 5c, Under the Pink-E1 5b and Inbetween Days-HVS 5a.

Happy to be out of the wind

Above the blue, tricky wee 5c bit!

again..

Inbetween days

nice big (dry) ledge



Saturday night we camped on the beach and found a cave down by the sea! It's entrance was quite hidden and was a bit of a crawl to get in, but once inside you could stand up! It was pitch black when we found it and we didn't have any light. Too scared to go in, we went back to the car and got my camera. This gave us about a second of light every time the flash went. The cave turned out to be quite big and was completely dry. Perfect hide out! 


Rave ina Cave!



On Sunday we packed up and headed a few miles back down the road to Crag an Fhithich. This crag had a few hard routes we were planning on trying but when we arrived the top of the crag was wet and to be honest the whole thing looked a bit dirty and loose. Seeing as someone was already on the route ....a big giant spider, we went to check out another wee crag called Creag Garbh Mhor.  

Totally camouflage.. thought he'd fooled me!
This crag turned out to be pretty good, 15m of immaculate granite. I pulled on the classic Goat of Barten - E2 5c, which was absolutely desperate! The crux was the first half and was made up of bad finger locks and rubbish crimpy sidepulls with tiny holds for feet. I was aiming for a big spike about halfway up as it was a rest and gear but when i put my hand on it i just about pulled it off! Eventually i made it to the top, never been so pumped on such a small route before. Martin then done a lovely E1 which was also slightly tricky and sustained for the grade. Anyway this brilliant wee crag definitely saved the day!

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