Deeside and Glen Esk

This week I’ve been working with Mark for the City of Edinburgh Council supervising/assessing two excellent groups doing their DofE Gold Expedition. After a night in the excellent Ballater Hostel the groups started near Aboyne on Tuesday and finished near Edzell on Friday. They traversed some varied and beautiful parts of Aberdeenshire and Angus. The route over the high ground followed the Fungle Road down in to Glen Esk and then the North Esk before finishing not far from the Caterhun Hill Forts.

Glen Clova

Euan, Ivor and I finished our three days of climbing in Angus with some trad climbing on the Lower North-West Crag of The Red Craigs in Glen Clova.

Ivor in the steep upper corner of Monster's Crack.

Ivor in the steep upper corner of Monster’s Crack.

After a quick stop at the friendly Glen Clova Hotel for some sustenance we climbed Proud Corner, Witches Tooth, Monster’s Crack and Wandered. All these routes gave good climbing on clean, solid rock in a beautiful setting.

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were out again sport climbing in Angus today. We climbed at the conglomerate sandstone crag of Rob’s Reed near Forfar. Routes here tend to be vertical to overhanging and can be difficult to read due to the conglomerate offering lots of potential options; some of which are right.

Euan heel hooking through the roof on the two star Car Pit Baggers.

Euan heel hooking through the roof on the two star Car Pit Baggers.

The crag is very dry for the time of year with all routes looking to be in climbable condition. Another good day to get the rock climbing going for the season.