Birthday Treat

Brian Duthie on the first ascent of a new five-pitch IV,5 in Glen Esk, Eastern Cairngorms. (Photo Henning Wackerhage)

On Saturday December 4, Henning Wackerhage and Brian Duthie made the long trek through deep snow into Glen Esk where they added a companion route to last season’s addition Once in a Blue Moon. Their five-pitch IV,5 provided a satisfying adventure, although in Henning’s words “there was rather too much vertical heather for any stars.”

“Brian had just celebrated his 50th birthday and was just back from Nepal,” Henning explained. “So our addition was a good birthday present.”

About Simon Richardson

Simon Richardson is a passionate Scottish winter climber
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