Rock climbing at Polldubh, Glen Nevis

Rock climbing at Polldubh, Glen Nevis


I woke up this morning to a heavy shower, so wasn’t quite sure how the day was going to pan out, but the rain soon eased, and by the time I met Neil, the roads were almost dry.

By the time we got to Polldubh in Glen Nevis, the crags, particularly the slabbier faces, were completely dry. We kicked off the day by climbing Heatwave on Calvary Crack Buttress. 4 pitches of excellent climbing, interspersed by one wet section in the middle, brought us to the top of the buttress. We then jumped onto Promises on Dundee Buttress, which Neil had to work a bit harder for. A shower then passed through, so we took the opportunity to grab a bite to eat before heading back out to Pinnacle Ridge, which was already dry by the time we got there.

We finished our day of climbing by popping across to Repton Buttress, where we climbed Three Pines in a couple of pitches, giving us a total of 9 pitches of classic Polldubh climbing for the day. The winds helped keep the midges at bay, which was most welcome!

Due to having spent the past few summers out in the Spanish Pyrenees, I had forgotten how good the climbing at Polldubh is, and also how much can be done, all within a very short distance from the road.




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