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Tuesday, 2 December 2008


On Sunday I had my second outing this season and my partner this time was top gun Brian. Conditions seemed good and there was a lot of snow in the pass of Drummochter area (see photo above) but much less north of the pass. Aviemore and the Norries were much leaner than anything to the west of the A9.

We walked to the bottom of Fiacaill buttress and decided to do Belhaven, a V,6**, which looked best. We were queuing up behind an Edinburgh team (see photo below). Belhaven is a climb of two parts: a walk up to the bottom of the corner and then technical and thin but not strenuous hooking to the top. The turf was well frozen but a lot of the north facing rock was bare whereas the south facing bits were reasonably covered. We both climbed the corner relatively quickly and were back in daylight at the car. All the training seems to pay off.

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