Spring 2012 was absolutely stunning. People flooded to the North West Highlands to experience some of the driest rock for 20 years, classic routes that are hardly ever in condition were springing up on everyone’s blogs as were reports of Skye Ridge traverses under clear skies and minimal rainfall. What was I doing – I was working, like a dog!

Typical that this year as May approached and the promise of the whole month off its still snowing in the mountains and dry mountain rock is still very much in the distance. I have managed a few days at the climbing wall all of which have confirmed my apparent lack of stamina and being as weak as ever. A few sessions on though and ive managed to get up a few V4’s although routing at anything over 6a takes its toll on my weak arms and fingers.

Lovely weather at Dunkeld

Lovely weather at Dunkeld

P1070501Davie and I had a leisurely day at Polney Crag near Dunkeld. We wandered along the crag ticking off the classic VS, 5a routes and attempting Twilight which I failed on miserably. Polney is now a crag where the routes I haven’t done are all too hard for me just now but a glorious day to be out nonetheless. Friday we went up to Kirriemuir and clipped a few bolts  doing laps on routes upto 6b for a bit of stamina training. We packed belay jackets and gloves thinking the predicted 8 degrees would be a bit nippy but on walking into the Quarry 3 teams were climbing in shorts with shirts off! Unbelievable as it was we were in a proper heat wave – it felt like summer at last!!

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Hot rock at Kirriemuir!