There are still no great winter climbing conditions to speak of and my axes hang forlornly in my gear cupboard, almost ready to be used fully leashless if need be.
On the plus side, it's giving me ample oppurtunity to do some hillwalks in the cold wind, and to get my running back up to speed, in preperation for getting fit after feeling ill. Unfortunately being back to climbing, running and the hills has meant my neck/shoulder/arm problem has insidiously crept back again!
Friday saw the 2nd round of the Avertical World winter bouldering series in which I did slightly better than last week and in which RB came first as usual, again beating all the Junior Boys and most definitely beating all the women in the Easy category too.
The 1st 10 problems seemed pretty easy this time round and the 2nd 10 much harder, with several of them being just far too reachy rather than being overly technical. Very frustrating, more so for Bekah who has far more chance of actually managing something technical! Also, there were no fun or daft problems this time round which was a bit disappointing.
Sunday's forecast was better, but we woke this day to rain which fortunately stopped around 9ish as we set off for the Corbett Ben Gulabin in Glenshee. Neither of us had been up this hill so it seemed a good choice for a short day to beat the gales and rain that were forecast for later in the day. It's a very easy hill, starting at around 350m and following a track all the way to the summit at 806m. We didn't hang around for long as the wind was picking up, the mist had rolled in and there were no great views to speak of. Again I think these hills would make great running ground, with their big wide tracks and easy ground and one can follow paths and tracks to the munros to the North, avoiding all the ski palaver if one so desires. As it was, we were up and down in around an hour and half and back in the van just as the rain started to fall.