Candy Shop in Coire an Lochain

Greg Boswell on the first ascent of the Candy Shop (VII,9) in Coire an Lochain in the Northern Corries. The route follows the steep crack and stepped niche to right of The Gathering, which lies on the pinnacle in the fork of Y-Gully. (Photo Guy Robertson)

On Monday November 5, Greg Boswell and Guy Robertson climbed The Candy Shop (VII,9), a new two-pitch route taking the overhanging crack up the steep wall to the right of the crux pitch of The Gathering. “It was a pumpy little number, Greg told me, “with some awesome moves and worthwhile climbing.”

A full account appears on Greg’s blog, where it sounds that a few cobwebs still need to be blown away to get into full winter gear. Greg took an unexpected fall at the start of the crux pitch when his foot blew off its placement. More drama followed higher up the pitch when one of Greg’s crampons fell off his boot and landed next door to Guy on the belay ledge.

Rest assured that Mr Boswell will be firing on all cylinders soon. “I just can’t wait to get on some of the other lines we have in mind for this winter,” he enthused. “ It’s going to be a mental one!”

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Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber
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