On Saturday December 18, Graham Stein and Andy Lole made an early repeat of Resolution on The Brack in the Arrochar Alps. This outstanding route takes the impressive wall right of Great Central Groove. “The turf was excellent and it’s a great route,” Graham told me. “The grade seemed fair enough. The crux pitch looks pretty unlikely before you launch out over the slab, but it all comes together nicely and gear can be arranged overhead, so VI,7 seems sensible. Fair play to the first ascensionists as it all feels a little improbable!”
Conditions in the Souhern Highlands are shaping up nicely at the moment. “We also did Messiah on Beinn Dorain the day before,” Graham explained. “It had quite a lot of ice in the top corner and even took a couple of stubby screws!” Sure enough, this Bridge of Orchy modern classic saw at least two more ascents over the weekend.