Loudoun Hill

I met Nettle at Loudoun Hill yesterday for a bit of cragging in the sunshine. A good day with the rock drying pretty quickly in the sunshine after overnight rain. Amongst other things we climbed The Edge with Nettle leading the second pitch. His first time on it and always a memorable experience.

Nettle warming up on Frustration Wall.
Nettle above the fin of The Edge with me belaying below. Photo credit: J. Foden.
Making the awkward move down and around on The Edge. Photo credit: J. Foden.
Me on the knife edge of The Edge. Photo credit: J. Foden.

Loudon Hill

With a better forecast in the west today John and I decided to head to Loudoun Hill with a Falkirk Community Trust climbing team of B, Gayle and Iona. This worked well and we had a pleasant dry day climbing with enough breeze to keep the midges away.

B, John and Gayle on top of Pulpit Arete.

B, John and Gayle on top of Pulpit Arete.

In various combinations and styles the team climbed Pulpit Arete, Conclusion Wall, Frustration Wall, Shattered Corner, Mantelshelf Wall, Pulpit Crack, Slings, Epitaph Variation, Strife, Cave Crack and the “wild, wild route” that is the knife edged pinnacle of The Edge.