Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Huntly's Cave

It turns out that the Scottish Highlands are not only the home of mega multi-pitch mountain crags, but also hosts some of the finest rock outcrops the UK has to offer as well. An example of one these is Huntly's Cave found just outside of Grantown-on-Spey. This fine cliff offers routes of between 10 to 30m on steep blocky schist with plentiful holds and gear (most of the time!).

The upper right hand wall area, steep and juggy is the order of the day!
 As it was only a quick session after work we only managed 3 routes but they were all fantastic! Will led the first pitch of Diagonal (VS 4c) but then decided he'd stretch the ropes and do the second pitch as well! There goes my warm up!

Double Overhang HVS 5a (taken from..)
Double Overhang HVS 5a (taken from

 After that I led the classic of the crag Double Overhang (HVS 5a) of which the line is self explanatory really!

Will leading Diagonal Direct (E1 5c)

Only time for one more route in the now light drizzle and fading light. Will repeated Diagonal Direct (E1 5c) of which the crux is burling through a roof using finger jams..AWESOME.

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