John and I were out in the Cairngorms today with a Falkirk Community Trust climbing team of Iona, Laura, Paul and Wilson. We headed to The Mess of Pottage in Coire an t-Sneachda to avoid the forecast rain at venues farther West and South and this worked well with only the odd drop of light rain during the day, which didn’t impact on our climbing.
Laura and Paul were on an Introduction to Climbing in the Scottish Mountains day and they climbed Crack Pot with me, which was their first multi-pitch rock climb. The route has some excellent climbing although care is required on easier loose sections at the top of the second pitch and the top of the final pitch. We climbed the route in four pitches with plenty of teaching along the way.
Iona and Wilson were on a Classic Climbs day and they climbed Pot of Gold with John and then John and Iona nipped up Crack Pot in two long pitches as a quick second route.