Following the seasons through the year is a joy. I get really excitied when the first snow comes in the autumn and the colours turn firey red. The storms and hard graft of winter slowly recede to spring when the pressure eases and it all becomes fun again. Then the mountains turn green and we know that summer is here. When Mike and I climbed on the Mome Wrath Face a few weeks ago it was still spring. Today it felt like summer.
We've climbed on the Weeping Wall and Terrace Face a few times before. There is a lot of great climbing here and another trip seemed like a good idea to make the most of the dry rock. We climbed Curving Crack first which has a surprisingly steep crux section on the second pitch. All the climbs here are face climbs, quite steep with reasonable holds and protection you have to work hard to find. I was glad I took some big cams today and my superlight offsets seemed to fit really nicely.
Mike and Ben were out climbing with some joint services people and another couple came up as well. Ben and team are on Eve's Arete in the video clip, a wonderfully exposed V. Diff climb that Mike and I climbed with Ron a few years ago. It was relatively busy but with lots of climbs to choose from there was certainly no queueing. Mike and I went for Rowan Tree Wall for a second lap of the crag and it was fantastic for a route with no stars.
All we wanted to do was jump in the stream after the climbing to cool off but the NTS path team was out working on the path to Coire nan Lochan even in the burning sun. These guys do such a good job they deserve all the support we can give them. They are on hand all year round to patch up damage to the paths in Glen Coe and on Ben Lawyers and to do major projects as well. Go and join National Trust for Scotland if you appreciate the paths in Glen Coe!
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