Luss Hills

I was out today in the Luss Hills near Loch Lomond with B, Pamela and Mick. We made a circuit up Beinn Eich via it’s east ridge then over Beinn Lochain, Doune Hill and it’s East Top before descending south to Glen Mollochan.

Pamela, B and Mick on the summit of Doune Hill with The Cobbler directly behind just in cloud.

It was raining on a strong NW wind in the morning, but dried up in the afternoon. The going was very wet underfoot descending Glen Mollochan to return to Glenn Luss.

Coasteering and Elie Chainwalk

Out with John, Mike and Craig coasteering and doing sections of the Elie Chainwalk today. It was the last day of four with groups from George Heriot’s School doing a variety of activities. Another good day with the groups engaging well and getting a lot out of the session. Thanks to Alex and Mike for their organisation, which helped make the days run smoothly.

A photo of coasteering at Elie on a different day. The swell was considerably bigger today.

Kirkton Burn

The last couple of days I’ve been with Mike on Monday and John on Tuesday Gorge Walking in the Kirkton Burn with two groups from George Heriot’s.

Old photo of one of the jumps in the Kirkton Burn as I didn’t have my camera with me.

Glen Clova

John and I were out in Glen Clova today with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors climbing team of Ali, Gillian, May and Struan. We had an excellent day climbing a number of classics including Three J’s Chimney, Parapet Route Direct Start, Flake Route, Proud Corner, The Beanstalk and Monster’s Crack.

Struan near the top of the excellent Proud Corner.

There were a couple of very light showers later on, but mostly sunshine with a good breeze and the rock was dry for climbing.

Traprain Law

Donald, May and I spent today at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was a Rock Climbing Development Day for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We climbed a number of climbs on both The Lammer and Overhang Wall and looked at some useful climbing knots/hitches and abseil descents with and without prussiks.

May and Donald on Double Stretch

It was cold earlier on with a fresh wind, but the crag was generally dry and climbing was pleasant once the sun had warmed things up.

Coasteering

Mike, Craig, Steve and I were out coasteering near Elie in Fife today with a couple of groups from George Heriot’s School. There was a sizable swell, but the venue has some good sheltered areas, which combined with doing some sections of the Elie Chain Walk worked well today.

Old photo of coasteering near Elie as I didn’t have my camera out with me today.

Avon and Bennybeg

Earlier in the week I was out for a walk with the recuperating Nettle and we took the opportunity to check out a possible bouldering venue near the River Avon. It was pretty damp/green at the moment, but at the right time of year/conditions it could provide some good problems.

Yesterday Mike, Craig and I were out at Bennybeg climbing with a group from George Heriot’s School, the crag is quick drying, which was useful after Wednesday’s storm.

The Lake District

On Saturday afternoon Paul and I headed down to The Lake District. We had a good evening climbing and practising some skills on the Jackdaw Ridge/Donkey’s Ears area of Sheperd’s Crag in Borrowdale before heading around to Glenridding. On Sunday after a night and early morning of heavy rain we climbed the scramble on Eagle Crag in Grisedale before continuing up The East Ridge of Nethermost Pike and on to Helvelynn and descending Striding Edge. This made for a good circuit that made the most of the weather conditions.

Paul high on Eagle Crag above Grisedale.

Curved Ridge

John and I were out yesterday on Buachaille Etive Mor with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors scrambling team of Ann, Andrew, Donald, Kostas, Neil and Wilson. We had a good day on Curved Ridge in mixed weather of sun, showers and even a little sleet. Thanks to Donald for sending through photos.

Wilson, Andrew and Neil high on Curved Ridge. Photo Credit: Donald Munro.

Affric and Kintail

I’ve spent the last week working for The City of Edinburgh Council with Cat supervising two great Gold DofE groups in Glen Affric and Kintail. The weather was mixed with snow on the high summits on Thursday, heavy rain showers at times, but also some beautiful sunshine. Thanks to Graeme for an excellent welcome at the SYHA Hostel in Glen Affric.

The west end of Loch Affric from Carn a’Choire Ghairbh.