I've been up on Arran over the weekend with Andy, with aspirations of being a Mountain Instructor this type of climbing was a great test of his skills and a chance to pick up some new ones. We climbed the classic South Ridge Direct on Cir Mhor, a 330m route with a 3 hour approach, in 12 pitches. And the weather was perfect.
Huge sweeps of blank granite split by cracks gave a great variety of climbing. We looked at a number of ways to improve efficiency at belays and changeovers, an important factor on long routes. A 5 minute time saving on every belay makes a big difference on routes like this and can be the difference between becoming benighted or not.
With nowhere to hide from the sun its worth keeping covered up.
But the river provided the ideal place to cool off afterwards!