Yellow Spur

Did the Yellow Spur on Tuesday 13 Feb. Brillant. Started climbing at 11.30, lovely day. Dan, this Scot, led the first pitch, I was carrying the bag with boots, water, jumpers, food, book, heavy. Ended up dogging it to get gear, very stiff lead. Pitches 2,3,4,5 posed no problems really, all lovely climbing. I was leading even pitches so I got the crux, pitch 6, moved onto the arete, wind blowing like crazy, I moved up delicately, all sidepulls, balancy, nothing positive, clipped the first 2 pegs. Moved up higher, balancing on this pebble, sloppers/slidepulls for hands, gone, lad was dozzing a bit, 10/12 footer. I was cold, getting late, I was tired, I aided past the next 2 pegs. Like to try it free some other time. Then the robbins traverse, excillerating, I spent ages working out the (mostly unprotected) moves, very technical, bold, exposed, brillant.

Anyway we summited in the dark. We went down this gully, ended up traversing some technical stuff before getting stuck. Left a sling and rapped to the next gullly, another rap off a tree (one head torch), found the east slabs trail, got down at 20:30.