The Cobbler

John and I were out today in Arrochar with a Falkirk Outdoors climbing team of Doug, John, Nigel and Ross. We’d hoped to do a couple of harder variations on the classic Cobbler Traverse, but the cloud was making the rock and more importantly the lichen very slippy so we did the South-East Ridge of the South Peak; abseiled off the South Peak; up the jamming crack of the South-East Arete of the Central Peak and avoided the upper delicate slab; up and down Doorway Route to the Central Peak and then walked up to the North Peak. A good wee adventure in the cloud.

Summit photo of John, Ross and me.

We were in cloud all day, so didn’t see the other hills in the area but we saw no snow on The Cobbler. There was a fresh south-east wind, but no rain, however the moisture in the cloud was making the rock wet.

Arrochar

Euan and I were out in Arrochar with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors scrambling team of Ali, Kostas, Louise, May and Steve. We traversed The Cobbler starting from Loch Long and taking in the South Peak via it’s South-East Ridge and an abseil to descend before climbing the Central Peak via Doorway Route. Euan then returned to Loch Long to fetch the mini bus, whilst the rest of us headed down to Glen Croe.

Me, May, Steve and Louise on the summit of The Central Peak of The Cobbler.

It was raining and windy this morning with the mica-schist on the route requiring care in the wet. It cheered up as we summited and was dry for most of the walk out. The ground is saturated at the moment and any crags with seepage will take a while to dry.

The Cobbler

John and I were in Arrochar today with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Mountaineering Team of Andrew, Devon, Douglas, Innes, Olesya and Peter.

The team soloing to the start of the difficulties in Chockstone Gully.

We had a great day climbing Chockstone Gully and Great Gully to reach the North Peak before walking over to the Centre Peak and the team climbing Doorway Route to the summit of The Cobbler. The views were great. We had no precipitation during the day. The freezing level was up near the summit of the hill, so harder routes would generally have been stripped. However, there was good build up in the gullies with the chockstones at the bottom of Great Gully being banked out to a short step.

Cobbler Traverse

Nettle and I were out on the Cobbler today. We did the classic traverse of up the South-East Ridge of the South Peak; downclimbing the start of Original Route then abseiling to the col; up The Arete to the summit of the Centre Peak and then descending by reversing Doorway Route. For good measure we also wandered up to the top of North Peak to complete the traverse. This provided a great day out although the second pitch of The Arete felt quite technical and pretty bold for the grade where you move up left across the slabby ground.

The Cobbler as we approached

The Cobbler was in cloud for large parts of the day and there was snow, including graupel, for significant periods. There was a fresh easterly wind and although there isn’t a huge quantity of snow in this area there are pockets of hardish windslab sitting on top of older soft snow on lee slopes and small scale easy fractures and shears of this slab were observed.

Nettle nearing the summit of the South Peak

The turf is very well frozen at crag height. The crags are well rimed and required a fair amount of clearing in places. Some ice is developing.

Nettle above the slabby ground on The Arete