Poldubh Crags, Glen Nevis

A side trip towards Arisaig failed to outflank a band of rain blowing in from the west, but did lead us to stumble upon the Glenuig Inn, offering free overnight parking and good but expensive food (not bad if you knock off the notional cost of a night’s camping). The views across Loch in the morning were well worth the detour alone.

We headed back towards Fort William in glorious sunshine and skirted town to drive up Glen Nevis to Poldubh. A whole bunch of crags are scattered over the hillside, and look quiet scruffy and insignificant from a distance, but hold quality routes of up to 3 pitches and almost 100m.

Parking beneath Cavalry Crack butress, we watched a team on the 4* Storm, HVS. Leader in red and second in blue in the picture below.

This takes a huge diagonal crack for 60m (we ran the two pitches together) to belay in an airy perch, lashed to a solitary pine tree, before a final bulge is overcome via a steep crack. Brilliant climbing throughout and well worth all its stars. Here’s Helen on the middle pitch

Less worthy of its 3 stars was Old Wall, a 45m VS counter line which mixes straightforward climbing with minimal gear for what would be a serious frightener for an inexperienced VS leader.

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