Discussing what to go for, we went through the decision process something like this; lets go do something in the North West - lets do The God Delusion - lets do something on Shelterstone so we know the crag ready for "Temple Pilots" in the future- fuck it, lets just do "Stone Temple Pilots"
Good weather and an 86% moonphase was on our side, but we were very aware that neither of us had been to the crag before and there was going to be a lot of hard climbing.
We left the car at 3.30am and broke a not-too-deep trail up and over from Sneachda in to the Loch Avon basin and across to the crag, stashing one bag and some kit half way. Greg set off up the first pitch at about 6.30 in pitch black and fairly heavy snow. By the time i'd seconded it it was light, and i led through in to the corner above which was great fun technical climbing.
|Greg setting off on pitch 1 in quite heavy snow at 6.30am.|
|Myself seconding the same pitch.|
|The linking groove of pitch 2.|
Some easyish ground and a boulder problem led to the crux wall which Greg slowly but confidently dealt with. I must say that Greg is a total animal at the moment.
|The higher you go on this route the steeper it gets.|
|Myself on the crux pitch. Very steep and sustained but with mostly sinker hooks.|
|A techy and insecure feeling slab.|
Now dark, and with tired cramping muscles, the next pitch looked pretty full on. I started up it feeling weak but felt better once committed, a brilliant sustained pitch (photo from Pete and Guy here- http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=165064) which completely wasted me.
|Greg eyeing up the very hard 4 metres above, on the last pitch.|
|Chuffed but feeling a little fried on top.|
Awesome job Pete and Guy putting up such a great route. Some brilliant route-finding.