After a leisurely walk in to the CIC hut without any heavy loads we picked up 1000 meters of rope and carried them up to the top of Route 1 on Carn Dearg, a 215 meter severe climb in summer and a VI, 6 in winter. The aim of the day was for everyone to have a go at a big ab using the kit that we had brought and to see if the system worked and could be repeated for the survey week next week.
With the 2 abseils set up we were ready to go down, and what a position. With the first 10 meters on the rock, about 60 meters free hanging and then the remainder over slab to the base. After a quick walk back up No. 5 gully it was the experts turn. I went down with Jenny from Midland Valley and guided her along the way, but she was so composed that she even had time to look at and study the geology. Not bad.
It was then time to haul up and coil 800 meters of rope! Made light by everyone getting stuck in. An exciting day all round and with break through finds already with new theories for the geology and new discoveries for the botanists next week should be good.
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