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!

Aberdeen Sea Cliffs

Fun climbing at Boltsheugh and the Harbour Wall area with Martin on the 15th July. There are more photos on the Facebook page.

The Lakes

Good couple of days in The Lakes recently with Andy and Rob. We scrambled/climbed Seathwaite Upper Slabs, Gillercombe Crag North East Buttress and after walking over Brandreth to Green Gable, Gamma on Green Gable Crag. On the second day we scrambled Cam Crag Ridge in Langstrath.

Andy belaying Rob on Cam Crag Ridge.

Hound Point


Nice bouldering session yesterday at Hound Point (Dalmeny Estate). Although not extensive, with a little imagination some good problems Can be found.

Ratho Quarry, The Borders and Glen Artney

Good to be able to get out a little further in the last week. Careful choice meant for very quiet areas/times.

Euan cruising the bolts near Ouroborus Eliminate.


The hills near Glen Tress.


Stuc a’Chroin and Ben Vorlich from Beinn na Eun.

Pentlands Navigation

I was out today in the Pentland Hills delivering a navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education.

The group planning a navigation leg in the shelter of a wood.

There were patches of residual snow in sheltered areas at height in the northern Pentlands. The ground is very wet at the moment and paths in the area are muddy. We stayed low to avoid a cold south-east to south-west wind. Wilf.

More Pentlands Navigation

I was in the Pentlands again today delivering a navigation course for U3A (University of the Third Age). The wind was a cold south-westerly and paths were icy in the morning and very muddy as the day progressed.

The group heading back to the Snowsportscentre.

We made use of the cafe at the Snowsports Centre at the start and finish of the day to talk about things in the warmth and shelter. Thanks to the group for keeping the enthusiasm going in the cold conditions.

Cobbler

Traverse of the Cobbler yesterday. Good fun but very greasy with movement requiring care.

The Borders

I was out for a dander in the Borders today doing a round of the Games Hope horseshoe with a few extensions. Starting from Talla Linfoots a fairly brutal climb lead up to Garelet Hill from where the ridge was followed over Lairds Cleuch Rig, Erie Hill, Garelet Dod, Din Law and Cape Law. A diversion was then taken out to Carrifran Gans before returning over White Coomb, Firthhope Rig, Great Hill, Donald’s Cleuch Head, Firthybrig Head, Molls Cleuch Dod and Carlavin Hill. The route took in eleven Donalds/Donald Tops (hills above 2000ft in the Scottish Lowlands).

Morning sun on Erie Hill.

There was a light frost this morning, which helped a little on some of the boggier sections, but the turf wasn’t properly frozen even on White Coomb. There are only a very few remaining old snow patches in the area. This afternoon there were snow showers on a fresh north-westerly/westerly wind, but there was very little snow settling.