Music by Chris Hall AKA DJ b-Burg
More progress was made at The Skeleton boulder on the last day of our lovely winter sun. The moves done on a stupendous prow which will go a around Font 8a/+, a new 7b and more thrashing on the really hard projects...
Below is a repeat of the Watson's original problem (which is excellent too!)
Saturn Crack Font 7cish(?) photo: John Watson
Another perfect day in the glen today after work. I'd been waiting for my chance to go back up to the improbable roof that John showed me and see if any of those slopey edges were actually hangable.
The project is sooooo perfect! I could do the first 4 moves, and the final moves. But two in the middle seem very hard but definitely possible. It seems like just the right difficulty level for me to work on, and the most perfect line in an unbelievable location. The boulder sits in a high alp beside a cool little water slide, among huge ancient Scots pines, with a brilliant vista of the surrounding mountains. I'm not normally one for getting all hung up on locations (although I do love the mountain evironment intensely), but this is somewhere I would go, just to visit and do nothing. The fact there is an uber boulder project there (several actually) is just too good to be true.
I have three or four months to work it out and climb it before heat and midges arrive. I'll dub this one 'The Skeletal project', owing to the skeleton resting in the depths of the cave and the fact I'll need to get somewhat skeletal myself to climb out of it. I'll keep you posted how I get on...
Yesterday we checked out a tip off about a nice new boulder in Glen Coe that Donald told me about. He reckoned there was a roof "with my name on it". I got excited. With Michael's feet in poor shape after the day on the Ben in ill fitting boots, we drove down for a look. It was better that I thought! Lovely clean rough rhyolite and crimpers through a nice overhang. I did the right hand problem in the roof, Bittersweet (Font 7b+). The moves have been done on the left hand problem, which will be seeing further efforts in the very near future.
The vid of Bittersweet FA is below
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