Dave: Spring and early summer really is the best time to rock climb in Scotland and over the last two days I have been sharing this pleasure with our guest Martin.
Day 1 we travelled to the Etive Slabs enjoying the long drive down the Glen whilst it is still reasonably quiet and a fairly dry approach. We climbed Spartan Slab VS 5a opting to stay right and away from rock fall reported last year, there was none through the day but lots of raven’s nesting in the crags above the slabs. Spartan is a brilliant slab climb with varied pitches and so much visible history as you use old aid peg scars as holds and gear.
Day 2 wanting some more challenging climbing we went down Glen Nevis to Polldubh where we started our day on Storm HVS 5a, I linked the first 2 pitches into a 55m mega pitch to keep things efficient. We then had a very short walk to After Crag where we climbed Rubber Face E1 5b which leads well to walking up to Secretaries Crag and Secretaries Super Direct E1 5a, I linked the first two pitches giving a brilliant 40m sparsely protected slab pitch. We then had a short walk down into the busy alp where we climbed Damnation VS 4b, after which we decided our feet hurt too much to climb anymore.
We have availability this summer for Guiding on Classic Rock routes, Instruction to become an independent climber or Polldubh Marathon climbing days.
Polldubh is one of the best venues for linking up climbs with very short walks between. How many routes do think you could climb in a day?