Tuesday 15th January 2008
Beinn an Dothaidh today with Lio Moscardini and Davie Crawford. This was to be Lio’s second ever winter route so nothing too hard. We had hoped to try Femme Fatale on the north buttress. Unfortunately it was very black so we didn’t bother. Spring Fever also wasn’t in very good nick despite me trying to climb it. I gave up after getting soaked under a water fall and trying to get my axes into squelchy turf.
We sacked north buttress completely and moved over (and about 50 meters higher) to the west buttress. Here the turf was bomber and we raced up the route Stairway to Heaven. Quite a nice grade III, with an interesting traverse ! Descent back down to the corrie was hampered by very strong winds and crusty snow. (If anyone finds a map of Beinn an Dothaidh it’s Davie’s)