Creag na h-Eighe

Robin and I were out again today with a Falkirk Outdoors climbing team of Amanda, Emanuelle and Gillian. We headed for the quick drying Creag na h-Eighe and had a good day climbing in the sunshine.

Amanda near the top of our warm up route.

In the morning Emanuelle, Gillian & Robin looked at learning to lead, whilst Amanda and I climbed a bunch of routes. In the afternoon we mixed the teams up and climbed a few more lines. Through the day various teams made ascents of Jugs, Grant’s Route, Aline’s Route, Sarah’s Route, Sloth’s Climb, End in Sight, A Votre Sante Dickie Direct Start, Woodworm, Jaggy Bunnets, Knuckle Duster and Separation.

Glen Coe

I was out today with a Falkirk Outdoors scrambling team of Alison and Dave. The original plan was Aonach Eagach, but with a forecast of 50mph gusts and heavy rain for the afternoon we decided on something lower and quicker. We climbed Dinnertime Buttress on Aonach Dubh taking in a number of excellent short harder variations on the upper buttresses on the way to the summit of Aonach Dubh.

Alison and Dave high above Glen Coe.

We finished scrambling before the rain set in, but it was pretty heavy on our walk out and there was plenty of water running off the hillsides as we drove back through the glen.

Traprain Law

Robin and I were out with a Falkirk Outdoors climbing team today of Brian, Emanuelle and Lynsey. We headed for Traprain Law; the crag was dry and the rain held off until after we’d finished climbing, which made for a good day.

Emanuelle leading on a ghost rope with Robin jugging along side.

Lake District

Just back from a couple of days in the Lakes with Andy, Harry and Rob. On Saturday we went for some scrambling on Central Buttress and Stepped Ridge on Brown Cove Crags, Helvellyn. We had the odd shower and the rock was slippery where wet, but a fresh wind and some sunshine dried things out as the day went on making for a good day.

Harry, Andy and Rob on Stepped Ridge.

Today we were walking in for some wet climbing on Shepherd’s Crag in Borrowdale when Rob walked in to a jutting out rock, which curtailed the day. The things some people will do to avoid wet rock! Heavy showers were coming through all morning and the crags were running with water.

EICA Ratho

Wet weather forced Kenny, me and a rock climbing team from the Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Summer Youth Adventure Programme indoors to EICA Ratho today.

One of the team high up on the big slab at Ratho.

Climbing, Coasteering and Gorge Walking

I’ve been working on the excellent Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Summer Youth Adventure Programme the last couple of weeks. I’ve mostly been involved with the climbing, coasteering and gorge walking sessions.

One of the jumps coasteering with me in the water below. Photo credit: Craig McLaren.

The weather has generally been warm and sunny, but with heavy downpours and thunderstorms. If you’re heading out climbing check the weather forecast and think about quick drying crags.

A climbing team at Blackford Quarry. Photo Credit: Craig McLaren.