With late plans made the decision was to get a few early season rock routes done.  It is that time of year in the Highlands when you could ice climb, ski, rock climb, winter and summer walking and sea kayak.

With an early start we made the drive out and the 45 minute walk in to the ring crags at Ardnamurchan.  Myself, Craig, Craig and Allen headed to Meall an Fhir-Eoin to start.  I led up the classic of Vulcan VS 4c on good clean, grippy gabbro. A great way to start the day and the season.  After Allen led Ringmaster VS 5a which is also a classic, with a few boulder type moves along the way.  After a bit of lunch with the sun shining we moved to The Hooded wall crag where I climbed Stromboli HVS 5b, with good gear and 2 harder moves to get over the steeper section it was quickly over, but a great little route.

Next was Dome Buttress, a small crag but this 4 very good routes on it.  Allen went up Greta Gabbro VS 4c first and then I went up the steeper Claude VS 5a, which was probably the hardest pitch of the day with a blank step over and a fingery crack.  To finish Allen led Lava Lout E1 5b, with the tricky move moving across the over lap, made trickier by the strong wind.

Meanwhile Craig and Craig were on Creag Meall An Fhir Eoin having a good time on Oswold in the strong wind.  A great day and a great way to start the rock season.

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Allen on Lava Lout

Allen on Lava Lout

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