Varied Start to the Week

It’s been a varied start to the week with climbing at Ratho Quarry on Monday morning; a night run by headtorch in the Pentlands on Monday evening with Euan, Andrew and David; bouldering at Agassiz Rock with Pamela on Tuesday and at Treverlen Park on Wednesday. All good for keeping skills and fitness going.

Euan leading The Plums of Ratho on Monday.
Pamela bouldering in Treverlen Park.

Local Bouldering

The recent drier weather has allowed us to get out to some local bouldering venues to try and get finger strength and movement going. Some of the venues are well known, others are a bit more obscure.

Euan at Agassiz Rock.
Mick indulging in some urban bouldering.
Pamela at Hound Point.

Pentlands and Blackford Glen

This morning I delivered the final session of a four week navigation course for the City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. We did a loop from the Hillend Ski Centre. The group navigated me around the hill using the skills they’d learnt in the previous weeks before wrapping up in the warmth of the ski centre café. It’s been a great course with everyone keen to learn to navigate and hopefully there have been a few lightbulb moments.

The group developing a plan for the next leg.

I then met up with Euan and Ivor for a bouldering session at Agassiz Rock in Blackford Glen. The rock was sheltered from the wind and warm in the sunshine. It’s worth noting there’s some loose rock high up on the right at Agassiz at the moment.

Ivor making short work of an easy problem at Agassiz Rock.

Agassiz Rock

Ivor and I had a short bouldering session this morning at Edinburgh’s Agassiz Rock. It’s a small venue, but with lots of scope for a good work out and with plenty of possible problems. The crag was dry, but there were showers around.

Ivor on one of the traverses.