The illness subsided and I dragged my newly emaciated body out West for the first Torridon bouldering session of the season. An early start for the Betts on a Daddy Day Pass meant for in-situ weather reporting as me, Blair and Nona sped through the Contin-Garve Wormhole. News of morning dampness improving temporarily slowed the charge at Tarvie Services for a low-grade 'cappuccino' and high-grade fruit slice - the swings and roundabouts of Highland catering.
The aim for the day was to get back on Malc's Arete, and as a bare minimum to reach the high point I was reaching at the end of last season. I did this, at least, but the top still feels distant. I was hoping to point "Lochaber's 2nd best all-rounder" Blair at Malc's to glean some short person's beta, but we both spent the morning floundering from the slopey shelf. Now at the stage of trying to improvise moves as the big throw seems unlikely. Great nick until the sun came out. Meanwhile Rich entertained crag-dog Bronners and show-boated on the Ship. Welcome back to Torridon.
Rich then took us up to Another Level, a cool wall on one of the of tiers above the classic boulder jumble that he'd recently developed. Twiglets, possibly the best 6A in Torridon stretches between hidden pockets and breaks left of Rich's new 7a+ Worry Bomb. Interesting to see the shorter Blair's intricate beta for Rich's fewer long-man moves on this. I'll hopefuly be somewhere in between but didn't really try it, too busy unearthing One Man Mexican Wave, a rare dyno amidst Torridon's techy walls.
Skin was starting to wear thin but the ego was in search of a tick so I looked out Dan Varian's new '7a' Put a Sock in It. Classic Torridon technicality linking two teeny crimps from an off-balance ledge. Close but no cigar. Got home and watched Rich's vid of him doing it for beta but could never do it his Mr Spaghetti-Arms way. Just going to have to bear down on the left crimper like a champ.
Boulder season begins...