Shelter Stone Double Tick

Rob Greenwood surging through the upper crux of Citadel (VII,8) on the Shelter Stone. Nick Bullock climbed this route after making a swift ascent of The Needle (VIII,8) with Andy Houseman the day before. The Needle has seen only five previous ascents, and Citadel is one of the most prized winter routes in the Cairngorms. (Photo Nick Bullock)

Nick Bullock had a remarkable two days’ climbing on the Shelter Stone, two weekends ago.

“Last weekend I was at Glenmore Lodge to present a lecture to the AMI AGM on the Saturday night,” Nick told me. “The plan was an easy day on the Saturday, and a longer day on the Sunday. I don’t quite know where it went wrong. Well actually I do, I was in the bar on Friday evening!“

So, Andy Houseman and Nick climbed The Needle (VIII,8) on the Saturday (January 22), starting at 8.30am and finishing at 4.30pm, just in time for Nick to get back for his lecture. And then Rob Greenwood and Nick climbed Citadel (VII,8) on Sunday (January 23), starting at 8.30am and topping out at 3.00pm.

“It was cool couple of days,” Nick concluded. “I was a tad weary afterwards though!”

About Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber
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