After leaving Bristol at around 8:30 on Sunday evening, we drove north in Phil's lovely T5. Instead of driving through the night and being trashed for the following day, we camped above a reservoir in Lancashire for the night. The following morning brought sunny cold weather, still and wonderful. After a bacon butty and a couple of teas, we packed our sacks for a short day's cragging at the large, disused quarry fantastically named Anglezarke. We quickly picked out the classics and each chose our routes. All were very good rock climbing experiences, with some lovely movement.
After a cup of tea and something to eat, we dived back in the van and headed north again, arriving at the Alex Macintyre hut in North Ballachulish late Monday night. The following day we dressed up accordingly and stomped up into a snowy mountain in Glen Coe. Rain and cold greeted us but thankfully the winds were light. Up we headed into the white room, passed Stob Coire nam Beith and on and up to Church Door Buttress. I had climbed an excellent route here about 4 years ago called Western Chimney, with Dave T and I was keen to check out another line there called Crypt Route. After climbing a couple of roped pitches up Central Gully to get to the start of CR, it seemed unlikely (after a late start that morning) that we had enough time. There was also a fair bit of snow coming down a this point so I belayed Phil and Choire as they down climbed to the start of Central Gully. After a bum-slide back down to our gearing up spot, we stuffed down some food and began the slog back down hill, for a pint in the Clachaig Inn to celebrate Phil's 40th birthday!
With foul weather forecast for today we had a proper night's sleep and spent some time getting our admin sorted. We took a drive through Fort William and into Glen Nevis to see if any cragging was available but as we got there it started raining hard. Plans were quickly altered to take in a hot chocolate at Nevis Sport's cafe in Fort Bill'.