Greg Boswell Kickstarts His Scottish Season IX,9 o/s
by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Dec/2011
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The winter has started in Scotland, with 'classic' weather ripping half of the roof from the CIC Hut on Ben Nevis. This wild wind didn't stop Greg Boswell, who has started his Scottish season with a bang.
The young climber has racked up a good tally of routes already. We dropped him a line to get full details:
"It kicked off for me last weekend (3rd & 4th Dec) when I was a host on the STS Meet on the Ben.
I managed to repeat The Minge (VII,8) on Saturday with Fiona Murray, and then go on to do a new line, The Big Cheese (VIII/8) on the Sunday with Harry Holmes and James Higgins. This got me warmed up and psyched for some harder winter madness."
Greg then stepped it up a notch the following week, teaming up with Cumbria-based climber Will Sim:
"On Sunday I spoke to Will about conditions and on Monday evening he arrived at my front door in Fife after driving north from St. Bees, eager and ready for everything Scottish winter could throw at us.
On Tuesday we repeated the MacLeod route Defenders of the Faith (IX,9), which is a route I've been wanting to do for a while now. After a bit of grunting and groaning and a small helping of pump, I made my way up the steep grooves and roofs that are common with this route and eventually managed to make the second on-sight ascent of this amazing sustained pitch."
Over the next couple of days Will and Greg teamed up with James Dunn and climbed more routes on the Ben:
"The first was a very stormy and spindrifty ascent of The Great Chimney which was our 'Plan B' after trying a new line, which is to be continued at a later date...
The second route we did on the Ben was the second ascent of The Knuckleduster (VIII,9). We climbed the route following the summer line throughout, which took in two new different pitches to the way it was climbed by Blair Fyffe and Steve Ashworth on the FWA. This made for a very sustained route which definitely packed a punch.
So 8 days of winter and 6 routes done! I think its going to be a good season."
- You can follow what Greg is up to on his blog.
Thanks go to James Dunn for the photo.
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