Climbing During The Lull
Posted by Max Hunter on 09th January, 2015
Stuart has joined me for 3 days of climbing this weekend. I initially thought that the 3 days were all going to be storm bound, so I was really happy to read about the lull between last nights storm and tonights storm – long enough to get a climb done. So I met Stu and we set off to Torlundy to drive up – but just after the traffic lights there was a big tree down, so it wasn’t possible to drive to the North Face Car park. No matter, I just drove over to the Aonach Mor car park to drive up the track – but more trees down 🙁 – after we tried in vain to move them, we had to make a different plan. I decided to park near the Torlundy traffic lights and walk up the Ben from there.
Luckily, Stu is very fit after his trekking to Everest Base Camp, so we got to the CIC very fast, in base layers and sweating hard! We were a little down on time, after messing about with trees, but we still had time for the SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder – as long as the next storm didn’t come in early!
This was Stu’s first ever winter climb (last year he was on a winter skills course), but he did want to be pushed, so we took our time up the ridge to make sure that he had time to enjoy it.
Just as he was abseiling the wind picked up and the gusts started to knock us about, and as we later left the CIC we knew it was definitely time to leave the hill and let it have it’s storm – down without headtorches – brilliant (and thank you to the Forestry Commission for the great new track).
Well done Stu for completing his first winter graded climb in fine style.