Everyone was soon thoroughly engaged in the climbing—everyone, that is, except me. Earlier I’d heard distant thunder, and I watched the intensifying clouds uneasily.
Eddy’s foot slipped. He barreled down the nearly 60-degree slope straight at me. His crampons hit me as he slid through the anchor. The belay ripped. Wham!
Scottish climber Robbie Phillips enters the White Room on the classic Deep Cut Chimney (4 IV) of Hell’s Lum, a 2,700-foot peak in the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands.