No messing on the Pottage

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.

Scottish winter climbing

Approaching the Mess of Pottage, Coire An-T Sneachda, Northern Cairngorms

Scottish winter climbing

Awkward little bulge lower down on ‘The Message’

Scottish winter climbing

On the main chimney groove of The Message

Scottish winter climbing

Nearing the top of Pitch 2/3 on the Message





About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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