Staff and SPA Training

On Friday with the Falkirk Community Trust staff team I climbed at Craig More Crag near Crieff. The crag was dry and we had a great time at this pleasant venue.

This weekend I have been running an SPA Training course on behalf of EICA Ratho. Yesterday, we visited Rosyth Quarry in the torrential rain showers and today we climbed at The Hawcraig (Aberdour). Both venues dried quickly when the rain stopped and have very little seepage to worry about.

Craig climbing 'Pond Life'.

Craig climbing ‘Pond Life’.

Aberdour and Rosyth

Over the last couple of days I have been at Aberdour and Rosyth. Firstly, on Thursday with Lucy and Doug looking at lead climbing skills and yesterday staff training with the Falkirk Team.

Rosyth was mostly dry with some seepage on the odd route. The second pitch of Fish Head Arete at Aberdour is loose at the moment, particularly in the middle section.

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Three craws sat upon a wa…..

Hawkcraig

Most of this week I’ve been working on the Falkirk Community Trust Summer Programme. This programme gives an excellent opportunity for kids to try all sorts of outdoor activities, develop lots of skills and get out and about in the Scottish countryside.

A photo of the Hawkcraig from another with the tide out.

A photo of the Hawkcraig from another with the tide out.

The highlight of the week for me was a sunny day spent scrambling, rock climbing and abseiling at The Hawkcraig near Aberdour. The tide was high during the morning and we spent the early part of the day scrambling and exploring the East end of the crags near the old lighthouse. This is an area normally ignored by rock climbers, but was ideal for the size and age of the group.

The Hawkcraig, Aberdour

Ivor, Nettle and I met up for a morning’s climbing at the tidal quartz dolerite sea cliff of The Hawkraig at Aberdour in Fife today. The sun was shining and the seals were singing out on the islands, which made for a very pleasant back drop as we climbed a bunch of easy to mid-grade routes.

Nettle and Ivor at the top of the two star Severe, The Lilly.

Nettle and Ivor at the top of the two star Severe, The Lilly.

The climbing at the crag is generally very good, although a bit of care is required with loose rock/soil/sand higher up on some of the routes. It’s definitely worth checking tide times if visiting the crag as the access to a lot of the crag is much easier at mid to low tide.

SPA Training

For the past three days I have been course directing an SPA training course for EICA Ratho. As well as climbing at Ratho, we visited Aberdour, Rosyth Quarry and Blackford Quarry. Despite the mixed forecast we managed to get lots of climbing done at these three quick drying venues.

Andy leading at Aberdour.

Andy leading at Aberdour.

 

Aberdour and Rosyth

Amy, Dawn and I have been out in Fife today climbing at Aberdour (The Hawcraig) and Rosyth. We spent the day looking at the skills required to lead traditional rock climbs.

The weather was perfect and both of the crags were perfectly dry. Aberdour was a popular choice today with lots of other climbers around.

Amy leading at Rosyth.

Amy leading at Rosyth.

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Dawn climbing at Aberdour.

SPA Training Day One

Yesterday I was out at Aberdour running a SPA Training with Nic Crawshaw, Kenny Lacey and nine trainee instructors. The crag was dry and warm in the November sunshine.

The team enjoying the climbing at Aberdour.

The team enjoying the climbing at Aberdour.

Aberdour

I am currently back in Scotland for a couple of days and had a nice afternoons climbing today at Aberdour with my nephews; Jacob, Ethan and Isaac. The boys did really well climbing. The rock was dry and the sun was out at this lovely little crag.

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Aberdour and Rosyth

I have been at Aberdour (The Hawcraig) and Rosyth Crags today with Wilson and Bob from the Falkirk High Tops Team.

We managed a number of routes at Aberdour before the rain started. Once it did begin we headed to Rosyth Quarry to climb routes there as the rock has more friction in the wet.

During the day we had the opportunity to look at the skills required for multi pitch climbing in preparation for the upcoming summer climbing and scrambling season.

Bob abseiling into The Hawcraig.

Bob abseiling into The Hawcraig.

Wilson abseiling into The Hawcraig.

Wilson abseiling into The Hawcraig.

 

Aberdour

Yesterday, I visited Aberdour with the Falkirk Staff team. The crag was dry and we had a good mornings climbing in the sun.

Climbing in the sun at Aberdour.

Climbing in the sun at Aberdour.

For the next couple of days, I will be reporting on ski conditions in Saas Fee and Saas Grund. Martin will be reporting on conditions on Ben Nevis.