Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These Conditions Reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.

Friday, 18 September 2015

For the second day of lead coaching with Bala'sz and Jenny we went to Buachaille Etive Mor to climb the uber classic Agag's Groove. This was to give the guys a feel for the bigger climbs with a much bigger feel. We drove out of the valley mist and up the glen into fantastic sunshine so we knew we were onto a great day. We used the bottom section of Curved Ridge to go over some Alpine moving together on a rope skills before setting off up the climb. This we did simulating Jenny and Bala'sz leading but with me going up each pitch first to provide a rope from above. They placed their own protection and did their own belaying all the way and the top rope was quite loose to provide a little of the leading sensation!

Few places are better for rock climbing in the sunshine than Rannoch Wall. We had a wonderful time climbing up, soaking up the warm sun, before abseiling down January Jigsaw. There were anchor ropes in places for this making it a bit easier and these often get tidied away at the end of the summer. It turned into a very sociable day with a few other climbers around to chat with. It was great to see a few people out enjoying the climbing, the weather and just being out in the hills.

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