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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Yesterday was a very wet day for climbing Curved Ridge. Andy, Bob and I had a great time and the guys did a fantastic job on their first scramble. By Contrast, today was dry and warm in the sunshine which came through quite often. I was climbing on the crags of Poldubh in Glen Nevis with Jeroen and Kees from Holland. This was their first trip to Scotland and their first taste of rock climbing and we got on very well indeed.

We started at Upper Pinnacle Buttress to look at tying in to the end of a rope, belaying and lowering down a climb. Then we spent the rest of the day at The Alp climbing The Gutter, Right Wall of Styx Buttress, Pine Wall, Eigerwand and the classic Resurrection. Not a bad haul of climbs for a first taste of rock climbing. We got the guys abseiling well and belaying lead climbers, taking out protection and dismantling belays. All good skills to be competent seconds.

After the rain yesterday there were many wet cracks and seeps coming down the rock. Resurrection climbs well despite the wet patch which is more than you can say for some of the other climbs on Styx Buttress. Today I was working for Active Highs which is a great company that also does canyoning, rafting and lots of other activities.

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