Euan, Davy Virdee of MountainActive (http://www.mountainactive.co.uk/index.php) and I were out in the Pentlands today doing a refresher day on the use of GPS. A good day with all of us learning some new skills.
Sunshine today and a cold Westerly wind. The frost remained all day in shaded areas and even at around the 400m height the turf was firming up where not exposed to the sun.
I had to head south straight after the second day of the SSPCA Course for the Low Port Centre and so am only just getting around to posting a few photos from the 21st November. We spent the second day looking at abseiling to a casualty, picking them up continuing the abseil and then finished the day with a couple of scenarios requiring setting anchors with stakes, abseiling to a casualty, hoisting the casualty and re-ascending the abseil rope.
We used the steep south side of Cockleroy Hill, which has some loose rock but can be used with care for this sort of training. We had the unexpected bonus of having a chat Tony Stone, who was out for a quick breath of fresh air whilst in the area.
The Falkirk High Tops Team and I visited the Lake District today. The original plan had been to visit Glencoe but with forecast torrential rain we opted to go south. This proved to be a good choice as we had dry weather all day.
We completed the classic scramble Pinnacle Ridge on St. Sunday Crag. The rock was dry. The crux corner is currently very green and requires care.
People often have difficulty locating this route. The best way to locate the route is to look back down into Grisedale. Directly downhill from the route is a large sheep pen which appears to be part of a wall. Just underneath the ridge is a large fan of scree.
As the guidebooks suggest, this is one of the best scrambles in the Lake District.
I have been out today with the Falkirk High Tops Team in Northumberland. We visited Kyloe Crag. This was a good choice as the crag was dry and we had good periods of sunshine.
We spent the day looking at a number of skills including; lead belaying, tying into anchors and leading traditional rock climbs.
Working today and Thursday for The Low Port Centre on a course for SSPCA staff. The course has been running all week and looks at familiarizing the team with climbing/abseiling equipment and techniques as they might be used in their work with animals. It takes them from the basics through to abseil and hoist based rescues with the emphasis on personal safety.
Today we were looking at hoist systems and scenarios. In the afternoon we were outside using a local venue for the practical elements. A really interesting course with an enthusiastic and motivated group.
A cool day with a westerly breeze and snow visible on Ben Ledi.
Out yesterday, Saturday, with Nettle and a group of Scout Association permit assessors. We used the area from the Ben Lawers car park up to the bealach between Meall Corranaich and Beinn Ghlas to look at navigation legs. In the afternoon we covered skills for steep ground.
Fairly strong South-West and West winds and driving rain made it quite unpleasant at times and the group showed great enthusiasm in the conditions. A really interesting day with some great discussions.
There are some sizable wet snow patches above 850m, which will freeze hard if the temperature drops.
The Falkirk High Tops Team and I were out today in the Arrochar Alps near Loch Lomond. We climbed the South East Ridge of the South Summit of The Cobbler (Moderate) before abseiling to the col after a very brief stop on top. Some of the team continued to the Central Summit while others returned to the valley.
It is worth noting that all the abseil tat required to descend from the South Summit in anything but perfect conditions has vanished! We have put a new length of 10 mm rope through the thread anchor which will hopefully remain in place.
The weather was very challenging today but all members of the team did a great job in the conditions.
A couple more photos below from Tuesday’s trip with Ivor and Euan to Rob’s Reed.
Ivor, Martin and I have a had a grand day out today climbing at Rob’s Reed. This excellent crag is located near Forfar. The climbers who developed the crag have produced a good number of well bolted sports climbs between F5+ and F7C on vertical walls and roofs.
Today, the forecast temperature was between 7 degrees and 10 degrees (depending on forecast) and for sunny periods. As the crag faces south the temperature of the rock was pleasant when the sun was out making it a good option for some autumn or early winter climbing.