Climbing, Coasteering and Gorge Walking

I’ve been working on the excellent Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Summer Youth Adventure Programme the last couple of weeks. I’ve mostly been involved with the climbing, coasteering and gorge walking sessions.

One of the jumps coasteering with me in the water below. Photo credit: Craig McLaren.

The weather has generally been warm and sunny, but with heavy downpours and thunderstorms. If you’re heading out climbing check the weather forecast and think about quick drying crags.

A climbing team at Blackford Quarry. Photo Credit: Craig McLaren.

Kirkton Burn

The last couple of days I’ve been with Mike on Monday and John on Tuesday Gorge Walking in the Kirkton Burn with two groups from George Heriot’s.

Old photo of one of the jumps in the Kirkton Burn as I didn’t have my camera with me.

Benny Beg and Kirkton Gorge

The last two days I’ve been working on The Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Schools Programme. On Tuesday I was at Benny Beg rock climbing with a great group from Carrongrange School.

Lesley, the Teacher with the Grangemouth High School group, enjoying the gorge and leading by example.

Lesley, the Teacher with the Grangemouth High School group, enjoying the gorge and leading by example.

Today I was Gorge Walking in the Kirkton Burn with another great group from Grangemouth High School. Really good to see these groups getting out and about and making the most of outdoor learning opportunities.

Kirkton Burn

Craig and I were in the Kirkton Burn near Balquhidder today Gorge Walking with a group on the final day of the Falkirk Community Trust Summer Programme for kids.

Me below one of the falls in the Kirkton Burn in higher water conditions than today.

Me below one of the falls in the Kirkton Burn in higher water conditions than today.

An excellent way to finish the programme with the kids getting to climb waterfalls, slide down natural waterslides and jump in to deep pools.

Kirkton Gorge

Yesterday Steve and I were gorge walking with a group from the Falkirk Community Trust summer programme in the Kirkton Gorge, Balquhidder. This excellent gorge has lots of options for falls to climb and some good slides and jumps.

Typical conditions in the Kirkton Gorge.

Typical conditions in the Kirkton Gorge.

Blackford Quarry and Clachan of Campsie

Monday to Wednesday this week I was working on the Falkirk Community Trust Summer Programme for kids and this included climbing at Blackford Quarry and gorge walking at Clachan of Campsie. These were both with the younger age group based out of Action Outdoors in Brightons and the venues worked well for these groups.

Typical shot of the main slab at Blackford Quarry.

Typical shot of the main slab at Blackford Quarry.

Coasteering, Gorge Walking and Rock Climbing

I spent last week working for Falkirk Community Trust on their excellent Summer Programme for kids.

Nigel on a typical Kirkton Burn gorge walk.

Nigel on a typical Kirkton Burn gorge walk.

During the week I was out with groups on The Chain Walk and Coasteering at Elie; gorge walking near Balquhidder and at Muiravonside and rock climbing at Traprain Law.

Typical Traprain Law climbing.

Typical Traprain Law climbing.

Kirkton Gorge

A Falkirk Community Trust Team of John, Nigel, Steve and me were in Kirkton Gorge near Balquhidder today for some gorge walking Staff Training.

Nigel climbing one of the falls in the gorge with Steve behind.

Nigel climbing one of the falls in the gorge with Steve behind.

Kirkton Gorge

On Thursday this week I was gorge walking in Kirkton Gorge with Nigel and an excellent group from Graham High School in Falkirk.

Old photo showing typical conditions in Kirkton Gorge.

Old photo showing typical conditions in Kirkton Gorge.

 

Kirkton Gorge

Craig and I were in the Kirkton Gorge today with a group from the excellent Falkirk Community Trust Summer Programme for kids.

Craig entering the Kirkton gorge

Craig entering the Kirkton gorge

The group were great and dealt with what were the new challenges of gorge walking for most of them extremely well.