Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Friday, 25 March 2011

25-03-11, Reiff and Stac Pollaidh - Rock Climbing

Today I drove North to find some dry rock. First stop Stac Pollaidh - dense drizzle still at 11am so onward to the sea cliffs of Reiff. With the crag drying nicely in the breeze the sun also soon started to shine, I did some climbing about 10 easy routes in the pinnacle area. I really wanted to head back to Stac Pollaidh and seen as the skies were blue and the rain gone, I headed back. The mountain isn't a Munro or a Corbett, but has got to be one of the best Grahams around. It has a striking pinnacle ridge back bone, when seen from the side impressive cliffs doom above, and from the edges a triangular peak - how mountains should look! I did climbed a couple of routes at about VDiff, they were OK but the mountain is good. It is made from Torridonian Sandstone, rough with breaks, cracks and slopers. Definitely a mountain grit crag though plenty of lichen growth in the big cracks that absorbed the mornings wetness!

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