Spring Glen Nevis Climbing
Posted by Max Hunter on 01st May, 2015
Today I met up again with Davy, who wants to get into summer trad climbing. To date he had done 2 trad climbs – they were in winter, in the rain/snow, in Glen Nevis – Pinnacle Ridge and The Gutter – so it was time to show him that climbing can be much more enjoyable than that day.
After refreshing some basics about gear placements, belay construction, and belaying we started climbing on Flying Dutchman, with the direct finish. Davy has done a lot of indoor climbing recently, up to about 6b, but today found outdoor climbing much more enjoyable – when you aren’t just following the ‘red’ holds. After working on footwork on that pitch we worked on footwork on Pandora and Phantom Slab. Davy is well able to power up a 6b indoors, so I thought we’d give him a climb like a slab, where footwork and trust in friction would be developed. I enjoyed using Davy’s brand new rack and rope today – brilliant – it doesn’t look quite so new now.
The weather was kind and there were only 2 drops of rain – in the sun it was actually warm. There is however still a great deal of snow on the hills, so with dry rock in mind, I’ll stay low down for a while.