On Saturday and Sunday John and I were in the Cairngorms with a Falkirk Community Trust Climbing Team of Andrea, Christine and Marco and Craig was out with a High Tops Team of Alec, Davie and Norrie.
After dropping the walkers off the climbers cycled up Gleann an t-Slugain before putting up tents below Clach a’Cleirich. We had a heavy shower as we arrived at the campsite and when this eased we headed up to Gharbh Coire with thoughts of possibly climbing Squareface that afternoon. However, lots of snow in descent gullies and more rain showers meant we just stashed some gear for the better forecast day on Sunday.
An early start on Sunday saw us climbing the classic Cumming-Crofton Route on Mitre Ridge with Bell’s Variation once the ridge itself was reached. This gave interest all the way, particularly in the bottom three pitches, which were wet and required care.
We then returned to the campsite and the cycled out. A good effort from the team particularly as they’re from a sports climbing background with very limited trad and multi-pitch experience.
The walkers had an excellent two days taking in Beinn Bhreac, Beinn a’Chaorainn, Beinn a’Bhuird and Ben Avon. See Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors facebook page for a report and photos from Craig.