Managed to grab a short day of climbing with my colleague Matt ahead of a few days working in the Cairngorms. Conditions are currently very good, with a good general cover of snow, scoured in places and some notable spots of avalanche potential but in the Northern Corries, away from the East and North-East facing aspects there is some great climbing – hence the Mess of Pottage is currently the place to be. The few people we saw approaching the base of Fiacaill Buttress etc – you are officially off your head or wish for an early death!
Having originally planned to climb Yukon Jack, we found ourselves at the base of the Message. An awesome line, well protected, technical but at no point overly sustained. The guidebook gives it Scottish IV (6) with a mention that today, with very little turf left, it may actually be V (6).
All photos courtesy of Matt Fuller.