Had a great day in the Northern Corries in the Cairngorms, good weather, conditions and quiet in the normally busy Sneachda. What a difference 12 hours make, after all the gales yesterday it was quiet on the weather front today.

We had a leisurely start, made even later by the fact they were clearing the ski road up to Cairngorm, and when we eventually made it to the carpark there was a fairly large delivery truck on it’s side that had been blown over in the wind.

We started off with the classic chimney struggle of The Stirling Bomber which lived upto it’s reputation. I did some good back and footing before swinging onto the wall to finish the crux whilst Nick styled his way up avoiding too much traditional chimney technique. Nice.

It was only one o’clock when we were back at the sacks so we headed back up and climbed The Seam, which is a great route on the edge of the Buttress. I had last climbed it in very icey conditions so it was good to climb it in a more “mixed” style this time.

I’m sure it’ll be busy in the northern corries tomorrow, there’s plenty to go at the moment.

Fiacaill Buttress

Starting the main pitch of Stirling Bomber. V, 7.

Nick approaching the crux of Stirling Bomber.

Nick on The Seam. IV, 5.