Saturday, 1 December 2012

Menage a Trois.

With the conditions looking good I gave an old climbing partner Alex a ring to see if he was free to come up from the Lakes and he was very keen to get here as soon as possible so headed up straight away. With the good conditions having been reported we knew things were going to be busy so we thought we'd avoid the normal areas and headed to Beinn an Dothaidh just North of Bridge of Orchy. This crag has a number of routes in the range we were looking for so we had a few more options if it was busy. Thankfully our guess was right and there were only two other teams in the coire in the Femme Fatale area. We headed round to the West side of the crag which looked fantastic, lots of rime and a good covering of snow. We opted for Menage a Trois at V,6 as it is one of the classics of the crag and now I can see why, three pitches with some great climbing on the First and Second. Where the turf is exposed and there is less snow it is frozen solid but in the bigger snow bays the snow has been insulating the turf, it is frozen in places but not everywhere. A great first route for the season and hopefully more to come. 

Me bridging through the crux.

Alex looking for that bomber placement over the crux bulge.

A beautiful sight to top out to and a great finish to the day.

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