/ Scottish Winter Climbing Meet Cancelled
Really sad to see that this meet has been cancelled, particularly after the great time I had last year (led my first Grade IV on Tower Ridge), and the fact that there's so much climbing to be had in the NW at the moment.
Unfortunately this year it clashed with my trip to Rjukan, otherwise I certainly would have been heading up.
That's a real shame. To be honest I had no idea it was on. With better advertising maybe Torridon could work another time.
I would have loved to be there if I'd known it was on.
Yeah, I must admit, I only knew about it because I went last year and was on the mailing list. I can't recall seeing any other advertising.
More advertising to boost it's profile is definitely needed, I only knew it was on because I heard last year.
I've not seen anything mentioned about it.
I would have been on it if the timing had better suited me.
Valentines weekend and 2-3 hours past most weekend climbers' travel limits, coupled with less reliable conditions...
Obviously with current conditions it would be ideal, but I guess that the fickle nature of NW conditions was always going to hold people back from booking up months in advance. Don't get me wrong, NW highlands are stunning and well worth the visit, but it IS extra time and expense for less reliable conditions.
I was a guest on BMC Winter Meet 2014 and although it was a great event, as far as I concerned Torridon was the only safe place, all the others were full of unsettled snow with high(est) avalanche danger throughout the week. It would be nice to join to SWC Meet next year.
Surely most of the NW would have been OK?
'Surely' is not a word in my mountaineering dictionary, I don't know the 'most of the NW' but Beinn Eighe Triple Buttress was visited by several parties (including me) throughout the week, Meall Gorm as well and Liathach seemed to be okay. I'm talking about the amount of snow which had been really worrying on Ben Nevis/Glen Coe/Cairngorms.
Suggest you get out a bit more; the only thing more reliable about the Fort in February is the amount of bull written and talked about. Provocative but your pigeon-holing doesn't help climbers coming to Scotland get a balanced view of what its about.
OK, I just wasn't sure why you'd singled Torridon out as the only safe place.
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