Arbroath Sea Cliffs

Nettle, Ivor, Simon, Martin and I visited the Arbroath sea cliffs today. It was one of the few crags that we thought would be dry.

The conditions were not perfect. The conditions are only good on crags with South facing aspects. If planning a visit here it is worth finding these buttresses as described in the sports climbing guidebook.

It was however very hot in the Autumn sunshine.

Nettle enjoying the Autumn sun.

Legaston

Euan, Ivor and I headed out for some sport climbing today. We were initially intending to climb on the Arbroath sea cliffs, but there was a cold onshore wind, so we diverted to the more sheltered Legaston quarry near Friockheim.

Euan leading Hunt the Ratbag.

Euan leading Hunt the Ratbag.

It’s a sandstone quarry and the routes tend to be vertical, edgy and often quite reachy, but it has some very good climbing with most routes packing a punch. Between us we climbed The Rocking Stone, Between The Lines, Junk Man Blues, Sweet Revenge, Hunt The Ratbag, The Big J (a bit licheny/dirty at the moment) and Seconds Out. I’ll put some more photos on the ClimbNow Facebook page.

Arbroath Coasteering

On Thursday I was out with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors staff team at the Arbroath Sea Cliffs doing some staff training in coasteering and checking out the cliffs as a potential venue.

John in mid air on one of the bigger jumps. Photo credit: Mike Hunt.

John in mid air on one of the bigger jumps. Photo credit: Mike Hunt.

The conditions were pretty much perfect with only a small swell, a light breeze and sunshine for much of the day. In good conditions the venue works really well with excellent caves, zawns, tunnels, small islands and lots of potential jumps.

Arbroath Sea Cliffs

Martin, Ivor and I have had a nice day out today climbing at the Arbroath Sea Cliffs. This excellent venue has routes from F3 to F8A. It is a sports climbing venue, however, it feels adventurous with abseil approaches to many routes and sometimes variable bolting. We had a great day climbing a number of routes including Original Route on the Deils Heid.

Martin climbing in the sun at Arbroath.

Martin climbing in the sun at Arbroath.

Red Head Abseil

Yesterday I was up at Red Head on the Arbroath Sea Cliffs running an abseil for Ian, Irene, Kitty and Olesya. Ian had organised the abseil as a fund raiser for the Save the Children charity.

Irene setting off on the abseil.

Irene setting off on the abseil.

Red Head is the highest point of the Angus Coast and the abseil was around 90m, approximately 300ft. The first 50m or so was on a vertical to overhanging cliff and the lower part on a very steep bank to reach the beach. Irene and Kitty were first time abseilers and did very well to take a very adventurous abseil in their strides. Thanks to all those who came to help out and support.

Olessa setting off. It's worth clicking on the photo and zooming in to see the people on the beach for scale.

Olesya setting off. It’s worth clicking on the photo and zooming in to see the people on the beach for scale.

Arbroath Sea Cliffs Abseil

I was up near Red Head on the Arbroath Sea Cliffs today running and abseil for Ian, Coleen, Stuart and Lewis. The abseil was a big one; 40m of vertical/overhanging terrain followed by another 40 or 50m of steep ground.

Stuart jst commencing the abseil, Ian is on the right at the bottom for scale

Stuart jst commencing the abseil, Ian is on the right at the bottom for scale

The team all got on excellently, particularly as some of them hadn’t abseiled before and this was something of a baptism of fire. The rock was dry despite the recent weather and there was a strong South-Westerly wind.