Robin and I were out again today with a Falkirk Outdoors climbing team of Amanda, Emanuelle and Gillian. We headed for the quick drying Creag na h-Eighe and had a good day climbing in the sunshine.
In the morning Emanuelle, Gillian & Robin looked at learning to lead, whilst Amanda and I climbed a bunch of routes. In the afternoon we mixed the teams up and climbed a few more lines. Through the day various teams made ascents of Jugs, Grant’s Route, Aline’s Route, Sarah’s Route, Sloth’s Climb, End in Sight, A Votre Sante Dickie Direct Start, Woodworm, Jaggy Bunnets, Knuckle Duster and Separation.
On Friday Alex, Anya and I had a great day climbing in the sunshine at Creag na h-Eighe near Dunkeld. The crag was dry, but there was heavy rain after we left in the late afternoon.
Yesterday I was working for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors at Creagh na h-Eighe north of Dunkeld. David and Devon were looking at learning to lead outdoors. They’re both interested in mountain routes, so we also used the route Jugs to look at multi-pitch stances and rope management.
It was dry at the crag although hot and muggy with the odd midge under the trees. We narrowly avoided some heavy showers, which were very localised.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.