Ric makes steady progress up the (nearly) dry first pitch. It was much nicer than the harrowing heather bashing on our first attempt!
The Coffin Stone and beyond down Glen Etive from the top of the first pitch.
Well protected and technical – the third pitch of The Pause is a classic for good reason!
Ric arranges gear before committing to the namesake moves of the route – true friction climbing down and across the black streaks to the ledge in the crevasse.
Happy climber on the immaculate second pitch of The Long Reach with views stretching down Loch Etive to Ben Cruachan.
The second half of pitch 4 (our pitch 5) and where we retreated from previously. A rising leftwards line from here to the small overlap reveals gear and a relatively straight forward traverse back right to the belay.
Ric finishes guidebook pitch 4 by traversing back right to where the overlap merges with the slab. We knew we’d cracked it by this point!
Ric all smiles and confident in our imminent success at the start of another stellar pitch of technical slabby goodness.
A less-happy climber contemplates the boldness and tricky route finding on pitch 4 of The Long Reach. A lovely spot to be spiced out of your tree in.
Nearing the end of pitch 5, Ric lost in a sea of granite.
Gorgeous evening light bathes upper Glen Etive in golden splendour. If only the glen itself wasn’t absolutely trashed…
Pulling into the sublime parallel cracks in the hanging slab on pitch 6. Lots of variety on this pitch with a tricky mantelshelf and pokey traverse left under the roof.
Golden hour at the end of a long, scary, tick-ridden day. Lovely stuff!