With the sun out, i felt i was obliged to climb today, what with the very intermittent nature of sunshine in our part of the country this summer, so i met Mel at Dunkeld for an afternoons climbing. The weather was glorious, so i wanted to do an on sight of something new.
As a warm up, Mel and I did the classic Twisted rib (V diff), with Mel leading pitch one, and me the airy traverse, then slab up to the belay. It was lovely in the sun, and i was glad to be out with a good friend in great surroundings and with the sun on my back!
We had a wee bite to eat, then i lead the first pitch of Katie Morag's First steps (MildVS). It is a lovely route that runs to the right of Kestrel crack, and has a few airy steps at the crux, but plenty of gear. We split it in two so mel could lead the 2nd half, and i belayed from the flake next to the belay point halfway up Kestrel Crack. Mel came up with ease, then moved onto the 2nd pitch. It was a bit of an anticlimax from the first pitch, but Mel did bloody well on some really scrappy ground, and made her way through small trees, bushes and ferns, to emerge victorious at the top of the crag before bringing me up.
All in all a nice day in wonderful settings.
Going back up Tuesday night with Dave to get him leading a wee bit harder. Results later...