Uisdean Hawthorn
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Avenging Angel Direct

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I have been back in Scotland for 7 weeks. It has flown by mainly due to the weather being unusually dry and sunny for October which allowed for lots of nice crisp rock climbing in the sun with friends. I felt great to be visiting all my favorite crags with good mates not worrying about midges or rain. I always enjoy sport and single pitch trad climbing after a climbing on bigger serious mountains like Canada in September. Last week Adam Russell and I went winter climbing on Ben Nevis and climbed Avenging Angel Direct (VIII,8) a series of overhanging corners up the center of Creag Corie Na Ciste.  As a winter line it climbs really well and is the best early season route I have done in that area of The Ben. Adam and I maybe thought it could maybe even be given 4 stars. It was one of those days with no wind and I topped out to the sun setting over the west coast illuminating it in glorious red light. A great experience to have in my memory as I am heading to Patagonia for 3 months from today.  I am sitting in Manchester airport right now and I can’t wait to explore a new place and climb some iconic Patagonian spires as long as the ferocious wind doesn’t stop us.

 

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The Creag Corie Na Ciste looking good! 

 

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Adam on pitch one. 

 

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Me on pitch two a very steep chimney/corner.   Ⓒ Adam Russell

 

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Bridging out before the last hard move on pitch two.  ⒸAdam Russell

 

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Adam on the third pitch, a great pitch up a corner round a small capping roof. 

 

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Adam enjoying one side of topping out in the dark.