|Always a great sight|
|Approaching "The Finger"|
|Looking back from "The Pinnacles"|
Another thing that was obvious today was that I certainly wouldn't be alone. Two very large groups could be seen ahead as they enter the glen and long before I reached them I could get the waft of cologne on the breeze. Definitely not mountaineers then. It was nice to meet Donie Mulcahy and Denis O'Sullivan when I passed one group as they helped with the guiding of the group who were on a charity walk. When I entered the first level of Coumeenaughter I turned left and enjoyed some short little scrambles on the rocks as I headed towards the Heavenly Gates. I was moving well and it wasn't too long before I reached this wonderful spot on the mountain where Howling starts. As I approached the gates I could hear the tinkle of climbing hardware and it was no surprise to find a couple of guys getting roped up as they prepared to climb Howling as well. I wonder what they thought of me as I started soloing up the route. It is graded as VDiff but I know it pretty intimately by now and the climbing is never difficult. That isn't to say that I take it lightly or casually. A little nervous tension is no bad thing in a place where a mistake would undoubtedly be very very serious and it helps to ensure good concentration and careful movement up the route.
|Back down below the cloud|
|Until the next time.|