The Messanger

Top: Me swinging roung the imposinf roof on the first pitch

Bottom: Euan starting the second pitch

Wanting a shorter day after the heading to Carn Etchachan yesterday Euan and I decided to head into Sneachda for some mixed action on The Mess of Pottage buttress. We did the Messanger which had a tricky technical first pitch (crux) and a steady but enjoyable second pitch. I lead the first pitch which had some helpfull ice/verglass on the slabby left wall and involved some torquing madness in the cracks on the right. The second pitch consisted of a steep corner with some good hooks and frozen turf to get stuck into on the ledges. It was quite windy and snowy so we made a quick accent and then headed back to Aviemore for a coffee. A good way to end an enjoyable two days climbing.

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