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December days

Date: 10th and 12th Dec 2004
Submitted by: donna ryan
It is a while since I've been enthused enough to go cragging in december, however myself and Rosie Brenan (prospective new member) went to Culdaff on friday afternoon and manged two routes before it got dark, SRS slab and Diversion. Actually it wasn't that cold and we had a splendid afternoon. Rosie is a rock jock in the making and I hope we will all see more of her in the ensuing months. Following Grimers lecture on Saturday night, sometime around midnight in Sandinos Grimer and I firmed up arrangements to have an adventure on Sunday. As we didn't start climbing until about 3ish we exucuted our adventure in fine style, or more like Grimer did, skillfully negotiating a very wet and slimy, runout first pitch. I was then cordially pulled up the last pitch of Main Mast (Sail Rock) in the dark. We topped out about 5ish and then had further adventures retrieving our gear from the top of the basin and finding the car. It occurred to me that it could be the second time this year I might loose a car somewhere in Donegal. But all was well. We reached the car at 6.18pm cold but no worse for our rather laidback encounter with one of Donegal's truly magnificent routes. Who better to get benighted with? Mission accomplished we had a great adventure, the stuff of stories. And it was fun too!

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