Monday, 11 October 2010
Amethyst Pillar - Grey Man's Crag
Minus 2.5 Celcius this morning but with the high pressure inversion it's been stunning weather on the Scottish summits.
The Amethyst Pillar YouTube video above can be found here
Today we hiked up and over Ben MacDui to Coire Sputan Dearg to climb the classic HVS, 5b Amethyst Pillar. Once we climbed out from the frosty glens and the bitterly cold Coire an Lochain it was surprisingly warm on the Cairngorm MacDui plateau.
The climb is situated on Grey Man's crag on the second highest UK summit near 4,000 feet but faces south and get the sun all day. This meant we were climbing in just a thin tops to prevent overheating while some of lower glens were still cold and misty ....!