Ettrick Hills

I felt the need to get out yesterday afternoon, so went for a quick run in the Ettrick Hills. I approached from the Yarrow/Moffat Water side and headed up Herman Law, Trowgrain Middle, Mid Rig and Andrewhinney hills. Excellent views and relatively dry underfoot conditions made for a good outing.

Trowgrain Middle cairn.
Selfie at the cairn on the east of Mid Rig.
Summit of Andrewhinney Hill with views to the Eildons and Cheviot.

Glen Coe

Stunning day on the Aonach Eagach yesterday with Colly and Fritz. There was a light dusting of snow high up in the early morning, but this cleared quickly with sunshine and a fresh wind which eased during the day. The rock was dry and conditions were pretty much perfect along the ridge.

Looking west from Meall Dearg.

Going through the pinnacles.

Colly and Fritz enjoying the ridge.

Looking back along the Aonach Eagach.

Looking east from the slopes of Sgurr nam Fainnaidh.

Perthshire

Euan and I had a good day climbing trad at Creag na h-Eighe and sport at Myopic’s Buttress on Wednesday in excellent conditions.

Euan on the bold start to Knuckleduster.

Euan climbing Overhanging Crack.

Sergeant Crag Slabs

Nettle and I had a great day climbing in the sunshine on the excellent Sergeant Crag Slabs yesterday.

Nettle setting off on Revelation.

Abseiling from above the routes.
Passing the first overlap on Lakeland Cragsman.
The view from below the crag.

Dumfries and Galloway

Jen and I had a few days down in south-west Scotland last week based in Newton Stewart. A generally relaxing time, but we took the opportunity to walk up Cairnsmore of Fleet, Meikle Mulltaggart, Knee of Cairnsmore, Caerloch Dhu and Benbrack.

Jen on Meikle Mulltaggart with the Knee of Cairnsmore and Cairnsmore of Fleet behind.

Jen on Caerloch Dhu in the Range of the Awful Hand.

Benbrack with one of the Andy Goldsworthy Striding Arch sculptures.

Cairngorms, Stac Pollaidh and North-East Sea Cliffs

We’ve just had an excellent five days with Tina, Scott and Steve. It required some moving around to make the most of the weather. However, we had a great varied time cragging at Pinnacle Crag Duntelchaig; climbing Afterthought Arete and Final Selection in the Loch Avon Basin; traversing Stac Pollaidh from east to west; climbing Central Buttress on Lochnagar and sea cliff climbing at Greymare Slabs near Bullers of Buchan.

Scott and Tina on Ostrichism, Greymare Slabs.
Euan and Steve on Klacktovededstene.
The team on the summit of Lochnagar having climbed Central Buttress.
The west top of Stac Pollaidh with Suilven behind.
The difficult wall to access the west top of Stac Pollaidh.
Steve climbing Final Selection.
The pinnacle of Pinnacle Crag.

Cacth-up

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Since lockdown has eased the weather hasn’t always been great, but we’ve ben out making sure we’re climbing and hill fit and doing some enjoyable work.

Euan in sunshine on the Aberdeen seacliffs.

Good views on Larg Hill in Galloway.

A wet day on Sgurr nan Gillean.

Euan enjoying the far north-east seacliffs.

Mick on the dramatic summit of Glenleith Fell!