Benny Beg and the Elie Chain Walk

The last two days we’ve had frosty starts then excellent sunny days with cool easterly or south-easterly breezes in the Central Belt of Scotland; great conditions for the Falkirk Outdoors Kids Easter Programme.

Great conditions for the Elie Chain Walk.

On Wednesday we were out climbing at Benny Beg and today we did the Elie Chain Walk in Fife.

Learn to Lead

Jonas, Lennart and I were at Benny Beg last night looking at the skills required for leading sports routes. As well as skills such as re-threading anchors, we also looked at building anchors at the top of venues such as the Arbroath sea cliffs.

3 Days with the Falkirk Staff Team

Over the last three days with the Falkirk Outdoors staff team I have been to; Benny Beg, Blackford Quarry and Beinn a’Chrulaiste via the Pink Rib. We spent time looking at the SPA, ML and MIA syllabuses. It is essential that once qualified instructors remain current hence days out like these.

Steve leading a trad route at Blackford.

Benny Beg

Benny Beg today with Catriona, Calum and Malcolm. This was a Falkirk High Tops Team day out. We looked at bottom roping, abseiling, movement skills and lead climbing skills. The crag was lovely and warm in the October sun.

Practising movement skills.

Benny Beg and Kirkton Gorge

The last two days I’ve been working on The Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Schools Programme. On Tuesday I was at Benny Beg rock climbing with a great group from Carrongrange School.

Lesley, the Teacher with the Grangemouth High School group, enjoying the gorge and leading by example.

Lesley, the Teacher with the Grangemouth High School group, enjoying the gorge and leading by example.

Today I was Gorge Walking in the Kirkton Burn with another great group from Grangemouth High School. Really good to see these groups getting out and about and making the most of outdoor learning opportunities.

Benny Beg

On Wednesday Mike and I were at Benny Beg near Crieff with a rock climbing and abseiling group from Falkirk Community Trust.

This crag is easily accessible, has a good number of lower grade bolted climbs and plenty of bouldering potential. It faces south, dries quickly and is a sun trap.

Benny Beg and Ratho Quarry

Yesterday (Wednesday) I was out working with Neil & Neil during the day for Falkirk Community Trust on their kids summer programme. We were climbing at Benny Beg, which was sunny and popular.

Ivor warming up on Peashooter

Ivor warming up on Peashooter

In the evening Ivor and I were out climbing some of the bolted routes in Ratho Quarry. It’s worth noting that with all the rain at the weekend there was a sizable rockfall in the quarry between Shear Fear and the Corrieman. Both these routes seemed ok and some work has been done to remove loose blocks from the area in between, but care should be taken in this area.

Benny Beg

Geocaching yesterday and then out rock climbing at Benny Beg today with groups from the final two days of The City of Edinburgh Council Summer Programme. Benny Beg was much quieter today and there were a few showers around, however the crag stayed dry and the group enjoyed the climbing.

The Summer Programme has been great to work on and lots of kids have tried new activities, improved existing skills in activities they’ve done before, generally had a good time and burnt off some energy in the process. There are normally October break, Easter and Summer programmes, so if you live in the Edinburgh area and are looking for outdoor activities for young people they’re worth checking out. For the rest of the year Adventure Edinburgh is worth thinking about if they have an interest in Rock Climbing, Hill Walking or Mountain Biking.

Benny Beg and Rosyth Quarry

On Monday a group from The City of Edinburgh Council and I were out at Benny Beg, a good little bolted crag near Crieff with a nice bouldering/traversing area. The crag was busy with several groups and some teams personal climbing, so I was glad I’d taken rigging ropes and was able to set up some of the lines that aren’t bolted.

Today I was out with another group from the City of Edinburgh Council. This time we were at Rosyth with Roz who was doing some shadowing ahead of an SPA Assesment.

Both crags were dry with some sunshine and climbing conditions were excellent.