Kenny on Pygmy Ridge - Alan R
4th to 6th August 2006 - Lazy Duck
This was the first time the club had been at Lazy Duck but quite a
few of us had visited on previous occasions although it was a very
strange experience being here in the height of summer rather than deep
winter. This meant we could sit outside on Friday evening and enjoy the
late evening sun drinking wine and beer and eating the usual snacks
until the midges started to make a nuisance of themselves. In the usual
club tradition we managed to arrive in a total of 7 cars, for 8 people!
The Clubs carbon footprint must be a size 11.
The 8 split into various parties on the sat morning with Alison,
Bill, Anne and Fiona using two cars to link up a traverse of Cairngorm
and Beinn Mheadhoin. Owen crossed the plateau to Macdui while myself,
Kenny and Alison headed into the northern corries, initially to attempt
Fingers Ridge but due to likely congestion we opted for the much
quieter Pygmy Ridge. We then dropped down to Loch Avon and wandered
aimlessly around for an hour trying to locate a crag for our second
climb of the day, reading guidebook descriptions is clearly not our
forte. We eventually decided we had reached the right spot after much
deliberation although the "prominent boulder" that according to
Mr Guidebook marked the start of the climb was nothing more than a
tennis ball sized rock, Kenny was not convinced. We set off up what
we hoped was Pippet Slab and by the 2nd pitch we had decided that we
were indeed on the right route. It was a good route, lots of friction
required, and had some quite exciting moments for a novice like me.
The rest all reported good days once we reconvened back at the hostel,
the odd shower aside the weather had been very settled.
A very pleasant Saturday evening was had with the usual wine and
beer, an early departure to bed for Pa Broon, a wee dram or two and
of course the obligatory Wells cheeseboard.
People set off to do lots of different things on the Sunday,
the main group heading to the Corbett near Dorback Lodge, with the
very unusual name of Geal Charn. Kenny & Alison headed of to the
most easterly Corbett above the Lecht and I headed off on the bike
over the Burma Road, west of Aviemore taking in another Corbett,
Geal Charn Mor. About half way round the route the bolt attaching the
saddle to the seatpost sheared off, resulting in a very uncomfortable
pedal back to the car, always trying to remember that I had no saddle
to sit on, to forget this was very painful!
Lazy Duck proved to be a very good summer choice of hostel and
would think the club will be repeating the visit.