So the first weekend of my Xmas holidays and the weather looked ok. There was snow and the weather had been through a few freeze thaw cycles. We decided to head towards the Bridge of Orchy hills to see if any of the routes near centigrade were doable. However upon reaching the car parking spot we could see through the binos that the crag was black;( What to do ....
We headed down beside the River Orchy to have a look at Udlaidh. Surprisingly (or not!) we could see ice on the crag. We kitted up and headed for a hike to see what was in. Turned out the ice was forming but not enough to do any of the better know routes. Eventually we made for the upper half of Central Gully where snow was a little (but not much) firmer. Half way up we cut up acleft /chinment to the right. It was a short sporting route in these conditions and we were soon at the top, suffering hot aches (worse Ihave had in some time!!). A nice day out but a sore one, I found walking hard today as my abdomen was really sore after yesterdays bike crash on ice. Climbing with little or no core strength was also interesting!!! Relieve was popping lots of Brufen and paracetamol !!
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