Inspired by the climbing experience of the previous day, we headed back out to Brin the very next day. This time the sky stayed clear for the day, so plenty of climbing was done. The usual suspects turned up, with two climbers Mike and Ben know from Glasgow - Danny and Stewart. Jamie also came along. Ben was unfortunately ill and I can barely imagine how ill he must have been to miss a Brin Winter Session!
We started out on Preppy, V2, on the campus boulder and having lost sufficient ankle skin we moved to the Happy Boulder, behind which Nick was trying the infamous 'Brin Done Before', a very scary looking V6 highball. He never topped out, but spent enough time on it for me to get some good photos. Having repeated most of the problems on the Happy Boulder, Jamie spotted an obvious dyno which submitted fairly easily to Mike (once he had taken off his wellies and given it a bit of the Sharma power scream.) Stewart was working a sit start to this, however, Mike nipped in for the first ascent and Stewart didn't manage to stick the dyno from the ground.
Then it was on to the classic boulder of the crag - The Den - to climb 'Spank the Ramp' and the nails V5 'Graeme's Pinch'. Of course 'Graeme's Pinch' easily fought off our valiant attempts, however a few ascents were made of the neighbouring 'Spank the Ramp.' Mike, meanwhile, added a desperate sit start to the 'Guillotine.'
All in all a pretty successful day, with a fair amount of sending...though not very much by me. I'm still not sure what I think of Brin, I'm not sure what the Glaswegians thought of Brin. I have had some really good days there, with some excellent problems...but equally sometimes the bracken, the dampness, the moss, the cold/midges are just too much. As for it being the mecca...well, given the choice between Magic Wood and Brin, I know which I would take! Of course, Ben and Mike would probably agree, if a little grudgingly...