Plan B

Above: The descent path to Cummingston

For the past week I have been bouncing all over the highlands to make the most of the good weather that they were having up there. I was away with James, Neil McGeachy and Ross Kirkland.

We were planning on heading up the North West but as the weather didn’t look too promising we decided to go for Plan B and use James’ parents house in Aviemore as a base and move around to different venues from there.
Below: Me on the “Fuhrer” E4

On the way up North we stopped at Creag Dubh, this was the first time I had been to this venue and once I got used to the type of climbing this crag has to offer I started to really enjoy the routes. We enjoyed it so much that we returned the next day and over the two days I managed to get some good ticks under my belt. The highlights were onsighting, The Fuhrer (E4) and The Final Solution (E5).

Above: Me on “The Final Solution” E5
We then headed further up north to the sea cliffs of Cummingston. This was also a new venue for me and as soon as we got to the crag I knew what route I was going to do. It was the amazing looking line of “The Prow” (E5). This is an overhanging prow the juts out above the sea from one of the surrounding sea stacks. The line followed some very steep ground with less than adequate protection, what more could one ask for!
Below: Me on “The Prow” E5

On our last day we headed to Glen Clover, and yet again this was a new venue for me. I really liked the crags in this area, but unfortunately the sun was beaming down on us all day and whether it was sun stroke or fatigue from the weeks climbing but unfortunately I didn’t have much energy to get up my chosen route. I will definitely return for round two though and get on some more of the good looking classic lines in this area.
Below:Me at Glen Clover

James, McGeachy and Ross also got some amazing routes ticked on the trip, so check out there blogs for more info. These can be found in my Links section.

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