Cairngorm Mixed

I’m just back from seven days away up North. The first three of which were on a Falkirk Community Trust Cairngorm Mixed Climbing Trip with John, Gregor, Joanne, Linda and Tony. The weather didn’t really play ball and on Monday we opted to stop off at Newtyle Quarry on the way to Aviemore and go dry tooling due to high temperatures and wind in the hills. This gave a chance to look at precise crampon and axe work and was a fun day. The crag was unusually busy as a good portion of the BMC International Winter Climbing Meet turned up having been similarly washed out of the hills.

Linda starting off on Happy Hooker, Newtyle Quarry.
Linda starting off on Happy Hooker, Newtyle Quarry.

On Tuesday the weather still wasn’t helpful and we headed for the Spire Roxx climbing wall at Elgin, where we spent a pleasant day climbing routes and looking at rope skills and rescues.

Wednesday finally allowed us to get up in to the Cairngorms for some mixed climbing and Gregor, Joanne and I climbed a sporting Haston Line, whilst John, Linda and Tony climbed Hidden Chimney Direct Start before following us up the Haston Line.

Joanne above the crux on The Haston Line
Joanne well above the crux on The Haston Line

I’ll add more photos to the Climbnow Facebook page tomorrow.

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