Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Bumbly Two

Well, my time in Applecrossis rapidly coming to an end and i'm back off down to Fort William for hopefully bigger and brighter things (which hopefully involve a lot more work, a lot more climbing and a lot less sitting around waiting!).

So today Chris and myself decided to make the most of the nice weather (not seen that for a while!) and headed out for an afternoon climb. We aimed for a route called Bumbly Two,  VS4b** which according to the guidebook has excellent, delicate, sustained but poorly protected climbing. Unfortunately this wasn't really what we found. While the route was certainly not terrible it was extremely broken, with far more heather bashing and gardening that actual climbing. There were a few very nice sections of clean, sound rock which gave lovely climbing but these were few and far between. It also seemed a little over graded. HS4b is perhaps nearer the mark?
Saying this we did unfortunately have to miss the final pitch and escape off to the side for a quick getaway as Chris had to be back for work. This looked like it would give some nice climbing for 20m or so but again was considerably more vegetated than we would have liked.
Chris on one of the nicer sections!

The Heather in full bloom!

Me at the 3rd Belay

Still, despite the slightly disappointing route it was nice to be back on the rock after a rather long break!

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