The snow went wet and soggy again today so Tommy and I went looking for a climb that did not depend on snow or ice to give us fun climbing. So we went to Church Door Buttress and climbed Crypt Route. This is a chimney to beat all chimneys, full of chockstones, squeezes and proper chimney climbing. It also passes through some of the most dramatic rock scenery you are likely to find on any route in the Scottish mountains. Despite the thaw outside, as soon as we got inside the mountain the rocks were cold and the snow was quite dry. It was a brilliant choice for today!
So Tommy and I have had quite a week of climbing, with routes that have tested every style of climbing and conditions. We have climbed ridges, buttresses and chimneys, ice, snow and mixed climbing, cold and crispy, wet and soggy, wild and windy, sublime calm and sunny. The Outdoor Capital of the UK has delivered it all and our Jottnar gear has excelled in it all! Thanks to Tommy for another brilliant week of climbing.
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