A rather ominous thud!

Well, we headed out tofday to hit Cerro Mckay, on the outskirts of Coyhaique. As I put my bag down ready to go out, it fell over, in a kind of slow motion ‘TIMBER” kind of way. There was an ominous thud from within. Anyway when we got to the crag I discovered that the 77mm UV filter that protects the end of my £1500 lens had done its job, and protected the expensive glass. Unfortunately, the Camera shop in the town, doesn’t have any, and there response to finding one local was, ‘Is Difficult’. So I will have to be very careful on my trip to frey.

Unless someone who is reading this is on there way to Coyhaique, or you have a spare?!! Like I said a 77mm lens filter preferably UV or Polarizer. I would ask for one to be posted, but I will be back in the UK before it arrives no doubt! Anyway here are some pics from today.

The route, has been a firm favourite with the whole group. The climbing is generally easy, but for a three move boulder problem by the second bolt on the last pitch. The rock is solid so it made a great intro to multipitched climbing for the group. The route is bolted for easy access and egress with a 60m rope, so is usually done in six rather than 3 pitches. We were held up so we shortened it to three pitches, and combined ropes for a rapid abseil descent. Totally awesome, a classic of the area

Pitch 1 - Iain runs up the runout easy section to the belay

Linus wades up through jugsZack, hot on my Heels up pitch 3.

Iain on the final exposed, and fantastically positioned pitch

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