Friday, 6 January 2012

Honey Pot (IV 6)

Campbell West starting out on pitch 2

High winds were forecast for midday today so we and many other teams opted for an early start to snatch a quick climb in the Northern Corries. There was a lot more snow in evidence as we walked in and the mixed routes looked to be well rimed. A weak ridge of high pressure gave great conditions but the gathering bad weather was always visible over our shoulders. We headed for the Mess of Pottage with designs on The Hybrid (IV 5) but it shares it's start with a number of other classic routes and there were already a number of teams in situe. We then turned our attentions to the Honey Pot (IV 6) which was climbed in two long pitches in good but time consuming conditions. The corries were busy with teams on Opening Break (IV 5), The Message (IV 6), Pot of Gold (V 6), Hidden Chimney Direct (IV 5), Jacob's Edge (II), The Grooved Rib (III 4), Crotched Gully (II) and Red Gully (II).

Walking in just after sunrise

The awkward moves at the start of pitch 1

Campbell pulling through the crux moves at the top of pitch 2