Elephant Rock

Last week Euan, Ivor and I went to climb at Elephant Rock between Arbroath and Montrose. However, there were house martins nesting on large areas of the cliff and around all the routes we were after, so we headed off to another crag. I’ve been meaning to post about this just to say it’s probably worth avoiding the crag until after the nesting season. The photo is of Nettle on Elephant rock last year.

Nettle on “Tale of the Tape” last year.

Elephant Rock

Euan, Ivor and I had a pleasant day climbing at Elephant Rock today. This is a good sea-cliff sport climbing venue south of Montrose with routes up to 20m in height. It’s semi-tidal, which needs to be considered if you’re looking to climb some of the routes, and East facing, so catches the sun in the morning and is well sheltered from westerly winds.

Nettle high on “Tale of the Tape”.

We climbed a number of routes with the best probably being the four star “Tale of the Tape”.

Rob’s Reed and Elephant Rock

Ivor and I went to Rob’s Reed on Wednesday and Elephant Rock today.

The conditions were good at Robs Reed where we climbed a number of routes. The highlight of the day was Ivor’s redpoint ascent of Autobahn (F6C+). I really enjoyed the three star Climb and Punishment and would recommend this as a route for those climbing in the sevens.

Today Elephant Rock was in great condition being warm and dry (it was 21 degrees at the crag today). However, careful route choice is required as there are a number of Housemartins and Gulls nesting on the crag. There are still plenty of routes to do without nesting birds making it very hard to justify disturbing the locals!

The climbing at Elephant Rock was excellent. To fully enjoy it I would go on a warm, sunny day and aim to finish climbing early afternoon when the sun leaves the crag.

Ivor belaying at Elephant Rock.

Ivor belaying at Elephant Rock.