/ Scotland's shortest winter route?
More interested to hear what people reckon is the shortest a route should be whilst still qualifying as an "actual route". How short is too short?
I assume you mean recorded and named in a guidebook?
Mirror Direct is given 25m
The Crack in Coire an Lochain is 20m but it is essentially a variation finish to Central Crack Route.
Yeah that's what I meant. It'd be interesting to know how short a route could be and still be accepted as a legitimate route by the SMC. You can get 12metre long summer trad routes....
There's no simple answer. It would depend on the particular route.
When we did Mirror Direct we ab'ed off above the steep bit which was only about 8m of climbing. Probably placed about two screws (maybe one). Route ticked.
Winter Wall at Poldubh? An icy slab that forms in hard winters, must be all of 50-60 ft of grade two. Was in the old Klaus Schwartz guide years ago, on Repton buttress.
Grey Mares Tail - Galloway version. 10mof grade II-III, only about 20m from the car park. Shortest route and shortest walk-in I've done.
We're scraping the barrel now, but what if you're a shortarse?! :-)
This must be a contender?
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