Today we’re focusing on that most brutal of climbing disciplines – Scottish winter. For those unlucky enough not to have sampled it, Scotland in the winter months is a full-on experience. There are strong ethics in place so crags must be deemed to be in Winter condition before they can be climbed, new routes are generally done ground up onsight and there are no bolts whatsoever. At the forefront of this activity is Greg Boswell, who has taken the scene by storm in recent years by repeating some of the hardest routes in the Country, as well as adding some of his own. Last week he and his climbing partner Guy Robertson crossed a major threshold by becoming the first climbers ever to make an onsight, first ascent of a grade 10 winter route. The pair drove up to the far northwest of Scotland and walked into the imposing Coire Gorm on Cul Mor and climbed a thin icy pitch before Greg pulled out an incredible lead on the second pitch to take them through an imposing roof and onto easier, but still tricky, ground above. His pitch was reportedly extremely bold and marks a new high point in Scottish winter climbing. If you'd like to learn more about Scottish Winter climbing, then check out The Hit Aches film 'Distilled' which follows climber Andy Cave as he climbs some of the country's most well-loved routes. (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/distilled/78257566)
Greg Boswell And Guy Robertson Raise The Bar For Scottish Climbing | EpicTV Climbing Daily, Ep. 430
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