Sunday, 3 February 2013

Beinn Eighe 20th Jan

It's almost a year since my last post and a few weeks since the climb this!

A snowboarding fall last March left me with tendon and rota cuff injuries. After months of physio, I then broke some ribs whilst competing in an Italian Enduro - so it was goodbye to the 2012 rock season.

To get the ball rolling, me and Paul Prentice decided to head north for Beinn Eighe.  After a few beers in Kinlochewe with Lindsay Yule and Paul Smith, we drove down to a very busy Coire Dubh car park and pitched the tent.  6am start and we were heading for the base of Beinn Eighe's Triple Buttress.  2hr 40mins later we were at the foot of Central Buttress VI,7****
Beaten to the route by another team we decided to wait and gamble on them not being to slow...

Having wanted to climb this route for years it certainly didn't let us down. The higher you climb, the harder and better the climbing becomes.  Bottleneck Chimney and the above broken groove are great fun pitches.

A slight error on the descent had us wandering around for a while, but we made it back to the car happy with our lot.

Beinn Eighe Triple Butress

Paul starting pitch 2

Higher up pitch 2

Team on Pelican

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