Andy Nisbet made another visit to Glen Feshie yesterday (january 20):
“With a good forecast before a very windy weekend, but rain moving in to the West, another trip to Coire Garbhlach felt right. A complex rib between the two gullies of Corkscrew and Moss Ghyll was the unfilled gap. After having such a hard time on an unfrozen Corkscrew, I was nervous about the turf despite friends assuring me the Cairngorms were well frozen.
An easier walk-in and the sight of a cliff not deeply buried like last time didn’t convince me until I hit the first sod and it was good. So Dave McGimpsey and I set off soloing until we reached a steeper bit. But the turf was so good that we kept on going until we reached an easier middle section. Then Dave spotted a turf ledge which led across a steep wall overlooking the gully of Moss Ghyll (climbed in December), so I went looking for a steeper bit where we might rope up. And there was a steeper bit but we didn’t rope up, so we reached the top rather quicker than we’d planned. We’d been ribbing, or maybe that was Cribbage (Grade III).
It seemed a bit early to go down, and we had carried a rope and a rack, so we decided to put them to some use by straightening out the Corkscrew. The gully at the top end of the crag is Grade I and made a useful descent. This time we did rope up although the turf was still excellent, and it felt nice with a rope despite only one runner in a long pitch (still IV,3). And we reached the top earlier than expected, but this time the legs said to go home.”