Dave on the 3rd belay before the moustache

Teams on Spartan Slab (VS)

On the ‘moustache’

Last Sunday Davie and I took a walk into the Etive Slabs. There is still allot here I want to do so with plenty of other parties with the same plan we decided to jump on anything that was free to avoid the dreaded queue. Plenty of folk were opting for Pause (E1,5b) so we went a little further left and started up Swastika (E2,6a) – a route I have wanted to do for a while as I’m currently ticking Ken Wilson’s Hard Rock book. I led for most of the day with Davie doing the 2nd, 3rd and 5th pitch whilst I got the best bits. I particularly enjoyed the traverse along the moustache and the run out pitch up the quartz band. We disappointing missed out the 6a pitch due to super hot conditions making the climbing greasy and unsecured (31 degrees today), so instead on dogging up the final pitch we finished up The Long Wait (5b pitch) and then Pause (5a). All in all a great day with 14 other teams out climbing The Pause, Spartan Slab, Long Reach, Raspberry Ripple and Hammer all of which were enjoying the glorious sun and some good banter! Fingers crossed this good weather will hold for a while longer.

Dave about to second the quartz band