Euan, Ivor and I had a very pleasant morning climbing at Auchinstarry Quarry today. The conditions were hot and humid, but the rock was dry. We climbed mostly in the Trundle slab area, which has a good collection of starred rou

Euan warming up on the very good Trundle.

tes, although worth having plenty of micro wires for some of them.

Beinn a’Ghlo Circuit.

On Monday to Wednesday this week I was supervising a DofE group on the circuit of Beinn a’Ghlo for The City of Edinburgh Council. The group did a great job, particularly in dealing with some very varied weather including a hot day and some very heavy rain.

Looking towards Ben Macdui from near Meall na Spionaig.

A good reminder to make careful route choices with the risk of lightening in the current weather and the fact that normally easy burn crossings can quickly become serious with the heavy downpours we’re experiencing.

The Stuic and Lochnagar

Paul, Portia and I are just back from a short adventure in the Southern Cairngorms. Originally we’d planned something over west, but forecasts of heavy rain and lightening meant we headed to the Lochnagar area.

Paul and Portia low down on The Stuic.

After walking in and camping at Sandy Lochan on Wednesday afternoon we got up early this morning to hit a weather window and scrambled up The Stuic before heading around over Lochnagar and then down to pick up the tents.

Creag na h-Eighe

On Friday Alex, Anya and I had a great day climbing in the sunshine at Creag na h-Eighe near Dunkeld. The crag was dry, but there was heavy rain after we left in the late afternoon.

Anya on Grant’s Route. Photo credit. A. Kosogorin.

June and July in the Alps

This summer so far I have spent two weeks in the Alps. Last month with Paul we climbed the following; La Rechasse in the Vanoise, Aiguille du Goleon in Les Ecrins and Pigne de la Le in the Moiry valley.

This week with Tina, Scott, Steve and Paul I have climbed the following; Pointe de la Gliere (Matterhorn of the Vanoise), Grand Perron Traverse, Voie Princess and the Pyramide Calcaires in the Val Veny.

Touch Hills

Yesterday I ran a navigation course for Duncan, Kim and Maria for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We used the Touch Hills near Cambusbarron, which gave quick access to good hill terrain. The course went well with a few lightbulb moments, but unfortunately I forgot to take any photos.

LLA Training

John and I delivered a Lowland Leader Award Training at the weekend for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. A varied group of seven candidates and pleasant weather made for a good course.

Caolon, Alan and Jeannie with the Forth bridges behind.

Harris and Lewis

Jen and I are just back from a week on Harris and Lewis. The weather wasn’t always helpful, with cold north-easterly winds and showers most days, but we had a great time and still managed to fit in some good walking and climbing.

Jen on the pleasant gneiss slabs at Caitiosbhal.

Additionally, the ancient monuments, amazing beaches and great welcoming cafes made for a delightful trip.

Summit view from An Cleasam (Clisham).

Pentlands DofE

This week I’ve been delivering DofE training for The City of Edinburgh Council for a good group from Trinity School. This culminated in a practice expedition in the Pentlands. I was particularly impressed with the ambitious cooking options of the group, as some of the photos on The ClimbNow Facebook page show. Wet earlier in the week, but thankfully dry on Thursday and Friday for the practice expedition.

The group in the Pentlands.


I spent four days last week delivering navigation and emergency procedure training to DofE groups for The City of Edinburgh Council. We used the Cramond and Dalmeny Estate area, which worked well in a week of sunshine and showers.

A group enjoying a sunny spell in Dalmeny.