The early start was fine the roads were clear and after a stop to pick up Ian in Aviemore off we went in search of ice. I had a plan for the day but the ice was pretty thin on two places where we went and after my piece on the damage to the cliffs we stayed away but found some more interesting ice more on that another time. Scotland has plenty of lines many have been climbed in the past . When there is a freeze for a week lines come in. In the popular places like Oui Oui at Newtonmore, The Sloch summit and “Maisters” Quarry near Dalwhinnie are all worth a days fun. These can become very busy and we did many in the past in the dark as the sun can make them intersting with falling ice and other climbers. In the Glens the likes of Plodda Falls can give great sport in a big freeze there are so many lines I have a wee book on them. Go out on a wet day and you will see many hidden gems in surprising places. No day is ever wasted.
On the blog yesterday I got few comments about helmets mainly on Facebook where the blog goes on daily.
One from a well known climber I am sure he will not mind me quoting him ”
Of course it is eventually down to individual choice but those people who don’t wear a helmet would quickly change their attitude after a spell in mountain rescue. I wear my helmet far more than I used to. Older climbers are especially reluctant to change their ways. It’s frightening what you see up on the Cuillin Ridge – helmetless scramblers out of their depth knocking stones off on each other. I told one old timer that a helmet would be a good idea and he just tapped his bare skull and said “This is my hard hat!” One is lost for words when faced with such an attitude” This was after another comment about everyone’s freedom never to wear one etc.
As I have said before on many occasions:
We forget when we are chasing our dreams in the mountains that family and friends worry about us all the time. They say they don’t but they do. Lets do all we can to stay safe and keep the worries down for them!