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Topic - Southern Highlands Turf Question...

Mark020 - on 01 Dec 2012
Headed into Beinn Dorain this morning with intention of climbing Messiah.

Started up the first pitch and got about halfway up the corner but it turned out the turf was pretty shit. Now it wasn't really unfrozen it was more like really dry with no substance to it. Is that the norm?

Most of my climbing is done on the east and I've never come across turf like this. Anyway, pulled off a chunk (not a vital chunk!) decided it was a bad idea and headed down.

I don't know the crag at all but it looks a natural enough line that water would trickle down and freeze in the turf but it didn't appear to have done that.

The only reason I'm asking is that I'm now not sure when would be the best time to catch it in nick. After a big dump has thawed a bit and seeped in?

Any locals want to part with some knowledge?

Cheers,
Mark
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