Bennybeg and Creag na h-Eighe

The last two days I’ve been working for Falkirk Community Trust. Yesterday David, Mike, Anthony and I were at Bennybeg with a school group rock climbing, abseiling and doing bushcraft.

Ken practising leading with a top rope above and Bex lead belaying below on Grant’s Route.

Today Ken, Bex and I had a great day at Creag na h-Eighe looking at leading skills, building belays and climbing some of the classics of the crag. We had a couple of light showers, but nothing that stopped us climbing and the crag dried quickly in the light wind and sunshine.

Creag na h-Eighe

Pamela and I had a very pleasant day climbing in the sunshine at Creag na h-Eighe, North of Dunkeld, today. After the weekend’s rain we were looking for somewhere that would dry fast and this worked out well.

Pamela leading Sarah’s Route.

 

Learn to Lead

Yesterday I was delivering a Learn to Lead Outdoors Course for Andrew, Hollie and John for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We chose to head to Creag na h-Eighe for the forecast earlier dry weather and to catch the light breeze to keep the midges down.

John selecting gear whilst leading Jugs.

John selecting gear whilst leading Jugs.

This worked well and we had a good day climbing routes such as Grant’s Route, Jaggy Bunnets and Jugs, whilst getting to try new or revisit old skills.

Creag na h-Eighe

Martin and I visited Creag na h-Eighe today in Perthshire. We had a good day which was unaffected by midges due to the light breeze and bright sunshine.

The crag has a good grade range although we both thought some of the new additions in the new guidebook were stiff for the grade.

There was no seepage.

Martin leading Knuckle Duster.

Martin leading Knuckle Duster.

Cairngorm Mixed Trip

John and I have been away with the Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Cairngorm Mixed Climbing trip for the last three days. The lack of good winter conditions has meant it’s been a very mixed trip, but a good one.

On Monday we walked in to Coire an Spreidhe and climbed the Central Couloir (SMC Journal 2011) starting on dry rock and then putting on crampons for the majority of this good 300m mountaineering route. The snow was firm and made for easy progress between good stances.

The rope running down to Tony on the snowfields of Central Couloir.

The rope running down to Tony on the snowfields of Central Couloir.

On Tuesday we walked in to Coire an t-Sneachda with the hope of an easy gully or possibly heading over to the Loch Avon basin. However, the very black state of the crags (even Fiacaill Couloir was very broken) made for a quick rethink and we walked out and drove to Duntelchaig, where we had an excellent afternoon’s rock climbing on Pinnacle Crag.

Me trying not to push to hard on the pinnacle of Pinnacle Crag. Photo Credit: J. Jackson.

Me trying not to push to0 hard on the pinnacle of Pinnacle Crag. Photo Credit: J. Jackson.

Today there was a forecast for very high winds at height and freezing levels well above the summits, so we drove south and spent the morning rock climbing at Creag na h-Eighe and the afternoon dry tooling at Newtyle.

Linda dry tooling at Newtyle.

Linda dry tooling at Newtyle.

A very mixed trip, but some good stuff done on each day and thanks to Graeme, Linda, Joanne and Tony for being open to suggestions to fit the unusual conditions.