Traprain Law

Donald, May and I spent today at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was a Rock Climbing Development Day for Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We climbed a number of climbs on both The Lammer and Overhang Wall and looked at some useful climbing knots/hitches and abseil descents with and without prussiks.

May and Donald on Double Stretch

It was cold earlier on with a fresh wind, but the crag was generally dry and climbing was pleasant once the sun had warmed things up.

Traprain Law

I was at Traprain Law in East Lothian today with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors climbing team of Linda and Oleysa. We had a good day climbing a number of routes and avoiding the rain further West.

Me, Oleysa and Linda finishing a good day at the top of the classic Great Corner.

East Lothian

The last three days I’ve been supervising a Silver DofE Qualifying Expedition for The City of Edinburgh Council for a group from Trinity Academy. The group had specifically wanted a flatish route, so had planned their expedition in the coastal region of East Lothian. This still allowed for some good walking, wild camping and some possibly more tricky navigation than in a hillier area.

The group walking along an East Lothian beach in the rain.

Tuesday was dry, Wednesday was definitely wet and windy during the day with plenty of rain until the evening and the group finished in the dry on Thursday.

Coasteering East Lothian

A Falkirk Community Trust team of John, Eilidh, James, Nigel and I went to recce/risk assess some potential Coasteering sites in East Lothian today. We also took the opportunity to look at group management, jump techniques, swim lines, traversing etc. in a coasteering environment.

James surfacing from a jump

James surfacing from a jump

There was a very light easterly and the coast held a sea fog until the afternoon, otherwise a glorious summer day.

James, me and John crossing between skerries

James, me and John crossing between skerries

Additionally we paid a quick visit to the crag at North Berwick Law, which was new to some of the team.

Sea Kayaking East Lothian

Out on Sunday, 21/04/13, with George from Dun Eideann Sea Kayaking and Jen, Lesley, Ali and Peter. We started from Seacliff in East Lothian and had a good half day kayaking up the coast underneath Tantallon Castle. The South/South-West wind was gusting fairly strongly so we mostly hugged the coast to find shelter. Despite the weather we had the usual excellent time with George, got some great views and saw a good selection of seabirds, seals etc.