The Alps, Fastcastle and the Souter

Last week, Andy, Rob and I had a quick visit to the Alps. Even though the weather was poor over the three days we still managed to climb; Pointe du Pas de Chevres (2991m) and Pointe 2940m (both accessed from the Pas de Chevres in the Arolla area) followed by Pigne de la Le (3396m, Moiry Valley). We then had a days cragging at Le Fayet.

The recent weather in the Alps will make climbing high rock ridges very difficult.

Today I have been out with the Falkirk High Tops Team. Iona, Barbara, Ivor, John and I had a great day at the Fastcastle and Souter sea cliffs. We climbed a number of single and multi pitch routes. The rock was dry and clean. Currently there are no problems with sea birds.

More photos on the facebook page.

Climbing on Pointe 2940m.

Climbing on Pointe 2940m.

Iona near the summit of the Souter.

Iona near the summit of the Souter.

St Abbs Sea Kayaking

Jen and I were out with George from Dun Eideann Sea Kayaking today. We started from St Abbs and followed the cliffs North around to Pettico Wick where we had lunch. We then continued further East to around Mawcar Stells before returning. There’s lots of excellent channels, arches and caves to play around in along this stretch of coast. The cliffs were either dry or drying fast after the morning showers, but it’s worth noting the nesting birds are returning if you’re thinking of heading to the Fastcastle area for climbing. The photo below isn’t from today as I was having camera trouble again, but shows some terrain typical of the area.

Sea Kayaking on the East Lothian Coast

Sea Kayaking on the East Lothian Coast

 

Fastcastle and the Souter

The Falkirk High Tops Team and I had winter climbing pencilled into the diary for today. However, as the weather and conditions for the Highlands looked very poor we opted for a change of plan. Instead, we visited the Fastcastle and Souter sea cliffs on the Berwickshire coast.

The crags were completely dry and sheltered from the strong winds. No nesting birds are currently present. We had a great time climbing routes such as Atlanta, East Arete True Finish, Plain Sailing, The Ordinary route on the Souter and Sweep. It is worth noting that the routes on Fastcastle unlike the Souter area are particularly adventurous and feature a lot of loose rock.

There is lots more photos and a video on the facebook page.

Graham on the True Finish of East Arete.

Graham on the True Finish of East Arete.