It has been a fabulous week of unseasonably warm weather, friends of mine have been running away from the mountains and heading to the shelter and warmth of Reiff. These Torridonian sandstone cliffs have some of the best sea cliff climbing in Scotland. With temperatures into double figures it was a clear choice.
My week started out on Monday with a bit of a photography and soloing mission down in the pinnacle area. With the aim of climbing as many of the easier routes as possible. I was pleasantly surprised to bump into friends in the car park, so we spent the day together lapping up the sun and feeling blessed with hot rock.
It was no wonder I found myself surrounded by friend and fellow climbers heading out across the bog to the far end of Rubha na Coigich. With spaced out rockers wall being damp we headed to Seal song area and minch wall. Which provided us shelter from the sea breeze and gave us a sun trap to enjoy.
Wednesday dawned another blue bird day and we returned to Minch wall, lucky as I managed to leave my guidebook out there over night. We climbed more grippy grippy sandstone which shone golden in the light. Piglet wall was explored, which definitely packs a punch for such short routes. Walking out in the evening light and witnessing the sun setting behind the Isle of Harris was a brilliant way to finish the day.
Thursday and a trip to Ardmair for a change of pace. A climb on the classic Acrimonious Acrobat and I was remembering why we nicknamed it Hardmare. The steep sandstone crag feels tough with hidden jugs and surprise slopers, luckily the gear is generally very good. With a fantastic view over isle martin and out to the summer isles it is possibly one of the best views from a crag in Scotland.
Friday and what better way to finish a week full on sunshine than back where I started the week. With a return to the Pinnacle area and ascents of Yellow dogs and A walk across the rooftops. As well as the almost mediatory solo of moonjelly.
Here’s to a good start to the season! Lets hope it is a sign of good things to come.