Best days of our lives

Winter leading in the Caringorms and getting those views only mountaineers get.

This photo, taken by my climbing partner for the day Davy Wright, is one I love because it’s  just after summiting my first day of leading in Scottish Winter. We are in Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms after climbing on Alladins Direct, IV and then descending to take a winding line through ice , snow and rocky ground to give us 2 routes for the day.

Beautiful blue skies, stunning white snow and a rising cloud inversion hiding the huddling misty town of Aviemore below. Snatching a Friday off, setting out at 5.30am, driving two and half hour’s – worth it?

Only those who climb get to see these views. I’ll take that any day!

Picture taken March 2016.

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