Red Head Abseil

Yesterday I was up at Red Head on the Arbroath Sea Cliffs running an abseil for Ian, Irene, Kitty and Olesya. Ian had organised the abseil as a fund raiser for the Save the Children charity.

Irene setting off on the abseil.

Irene setting off on the abseil.

Red Head is the highest point of the Angus Coast and the abseil was around 90m, approximately 300ft. The first 50m or so was on a vertical to overhanging cliff and the lower part on a very steep bank to reach the beach. Irene and Kitty were first time abseilers and did very well to take a very adventurous abseil in their strides. Thanks to all those who came to help out and support.

Olessa setting off. It's worth clicking on the photo and zooming in to see the people on the beach for scale.

Olesya setting off. It’s worth clicking on the photo and zooming in to see the people on the beach for scale.

DofE Expeditions, Lowland Leader Award and Introduction to Sport Climbing

The last three weeks I’ve spent a lot of time out and about with groups training for their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme Expeditions with the City of Edinburgh Council. I’ve been working with Robin and Paul and making use of excellent areas close to Edinburgh, such as the Pentlands and Lammermuirs.

Typical Pentlands terrain.

Typical Pentlands terrain.

I also spent a day working on a Lowland Leader Award Training Course for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. This is an excellent qualification for those looking to lead walking groups in Lowland terrain and ideal for those supervising Bronze DofE groups.

Last Wednesday evening Alex, Andrew and I spent a few hours looking at sport climbing outdoors. They already lead climb indoors and were wanting an introduction to leading outdoors. We looked at equipment; placing/clipping and stripping quickdraws and in particular at rethreading at the top of a route. The weather was mixed with a few showers, but we used one of the routes outside at Ratho which worked well.

Mountaineering with Adam, Greg and Frost Guiding

It has been another productive week in the Alps. This week I was out with Adam and Greg on behalf of www.frostguiding.co.uk.

We began our week with a Ecole de Glace session on the Ferpecle Glacier before going to the Cabane Bertol on Monday and climbing the Clocher de Bertol. The next day we made the ascent of the Tete Blanche (3710m) which was in good condition.

The weather was poor on Wednesday but we still managed to climb the excellent Arete Sud at Bramois before the rain began. In the afternoon we completed the Via Ferrata at Nax.

On Thursday we made the ascent to the Cabane d’Orny before climbing the Aiguille de la Cabane (2999m) via the Voie Bon Accueil. This gave an excellent rock route on perfect granite.

Yesterday morning we climbed the Aiguille du Tour (3540m) before descending to the valley. The mountain was in good condition.

On the ascent of Tete Blanche with the Matterhorn behind.

On the ascent of Tete Blanche with the Matterhorn behind.