|Murdoch having to take his time on Balding Oldie (E6 6b)|
Having just got back from the Alps and spent some time with my family, my next port of call was to meet up with Murdoch in the NW for a few days climbing. Last year we took 5 days out and Murdoch totally 'beasted' me. On the first day we climbed 3 multi pitch E5's which kinda broke me for the rest of the week. I swore to myself I wouldn't let this happen on this trip. So our first day we went to Loch Tollaidh Crag near Gairloch. It was a great day as I got to lead 4 routes and Murdoch just got the one. Ok his was a worthy E6 called Balding Oldie but my haul of In the Pink (HVS 5b), Buena Vista (E2 5b), Water Lily (E2 5c) and Strip-teaser (E4 5c) made for a really good day and not a bad effort after spending months on skis and wading around deep snow, The weather was perfect, vegetation low, nie climbing and I had energy to make a reasonable dinner that night! Cant wait to get back there.