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Barnamore - The Minch

Date: 26th March 2005
Submitted by: Columba McLaughlin
Mysekf and Noel got up early and away before the rest of the house surfaced. We made the Minch before 10am. Trust us to forget. The western facing cliffs do not dry out until the evening time. So we had a few greasy climbs to waken us up. Crodile Rock is still Ok. However, Crazy paving is starting to overgrow with moss. Frankie's needs to clean it again seeing that I did it the last time. We went around to the Eastern Side and found that the Spike is still there and the Bolt is still in situ. This wall was dried out very well but we did not venture up any of the three routes. The centre of the wall dries out early in the morning and should have something for e-men. Maybe on the climbfest. We went back to the western face and both Dee's Edge and Sionaínn's groove were dry so up we went. Both these climbs are very short but they hold your interest. We both found that Dee's edge is undergraded at V. Diff and suggest that it be a severe. Noel is adamant that holds in Sionaínn's Groove and the wall to the right of Dee's Edge should not be used. The telephone call to return home came earlier than expected but we inspected the very deceiving Doodlebug first. It is still unclimbed (see photo). Maybe the technical master will sort it during the climb fest.

Photo of Route