A weekend with Elke and Roddy, and our first visit to the Stone Valley Crags...and now we can't stay away!!
The gang, with our playground in the distance
Elke setting off
Jeanie topping out on 'Rum Doodle Arete'; and adding what may be a new and harder finish to the route, submitted as:
Rum Doodle Crag
(NG 867 717) Alt. 220m. South Facing
Rum Doodle Arete – Variation finish VS 4c. J. Northover, S. Macfarlane. 1st May 2011.
Rather than walk off or climb a straightforward groove on the left a better finish is to climb the steep crack of the back wall.
Up at Flowerdale Crag we were bothered by annoying little flies that kept buzzing around us and settling on our skin. Only later did we discover that we were both badly bitten with trickles of black, dry blood from our arms (Stuart) and face and neck (Jeanie). This resulted in large magenta patches over the next week. We've been completely unable to identify these insects.
And to make matters worse, while Stuart and I had to dash back down the road on the Sunday evening, Elke and Roddy got to drive off into the beautiful sunset for lovely food in Gairloch and the promise of brilliant weather for their day off on Monday!