20th January, 2008 – Mackay’s Gully, Cam Chreag

Andy H. and I paired up for a climb at Cam Chreag close to Meall nan Tarmachan, a new venue for both of us climbing-wise and one we are likely to return to as we were both impressed with what was on offer in terms of route and with how quiet and close to home the place is.

The two climbs we originally had in mind were dropped in favour of Mackay’s Gully which looked interesting from beneath and it proved to be so with quite a variety of terrain and conditions along the way; steep snow, ice, frozen turf and not so frozen turf. The gully climbs up on the left hand side of ‘Lozenge Buttress’, the not so lozenge shaped butress almost in the centre of the corrie, and tops out just off to the side of the summit slope of Meall Garbh.

My first full winter lead, thanks to a kind Mr Hunter and I enjoyed all two and a half pitches!

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