Kirrie Hill

Euan, Ivor, Nettle and I climbed at Kirrie Hill, Kirriemuir, today. The crag was a little wet in places and the atmosphere was very humid, which didn’t make for the best climbing conditions. However, we were able to climb a number of routes and work on some projects.

Nettle working “Touch Too Much” on a top rope.

Kirrie Hill

Jen and I visited Katie, Izzy, Kofi and Eva in the Angus Glens today and had a delightful few hours taking the kids climbing at Kirrie Hill, Kirriemuir.

Izzy at the top of the first route with Eva, Kofi and myself down on the ground.

The crag was dry and there were quite a few teams climbing, but there was plenty of space for everyone and a very friendly atmosphere. I’ll put more photos on the ClimbNow Facebook page.

Kirrie Hill

Euan, Ivor and I had a good day sport climbing at Kirriemuir today. The crag was dry when we arrived, but there were showers from early afternoon. However, the nature of the crag meant that many of the routes stayed dry and we were able to climb for a further two hours.

Euan onsighting “Where There’s Muck, There’s Brass”.

Kirriehill

Ivor and I had a very sunny afternoon climbing at Kirriehill, Kirriemuir, today. After warming up we spent most of the time working out the moves on a route we’re both trying to redpoint. Neither of us got it today, but it felt like it was getting closer, which made for a positive day.

Ivor warming up on Xmas Xcess, which has a tough start for the grade.

Ivor warming up on Xmas Xcess, which has a tough start for the grade.

Kirrie Hill

Mick and I had a delightful day sport climbing in the sun at Kirrie Hill, Kirriemuir today. There’d been showers in the morning, but the crag tends to stay quite dry and drys quickly, so we had a very pleasant afternoon climbing a good number of routes.

Mick on Sombre Reptiles.

Mick on Sombre Reptiles.

Kirriemuir

Euan, Ivor and I were heading to Glen Clova this morning, however the cloud was lower than expected and it looked like the crags in Clova would still be wet, so we stopped off at Kirriehill in Kirriemuir and had a good day climbing sports routes there instead.

Euan onsighting the very good arête of Bon the Edge. Photo credit: Ivor McCourt.

Euan onsighting the very good arête of Bon the Edge. Photo credit: Ivor McCourt.

Back at Sunny Kirrie

Today Ivor and I have been back climbing at Kirriemuir. We had hoped to go to Glen Clova or Rob’s Reed but with the forecast for black clouds all day we thought it would be the safer option as the crag is very sheltered. We spent the day mostly in bright sunshine enjoying nice dry sandstone routes. A few climbers appeared near the end of our session.

Ivor leading Boarding Party.

Ivor leading Boarding Party.

First day of the Rock Climbing Season

It was the first day of my rock climbing season today. Martin, Ivor and I visited Kirriemuir. It was dry, sunny and warm and all routes were dry.

Martin climbing at Kirriemuir.

Martin climbing at Kirriemuir.

Kirrie Hill

Mick and I headed up to Kirriemuir today for some sport climbing. It was my first pure rock climbing day of the season and Mick’s first rock climbing in 8 years.

Mick climbing Markerhorn, Kirrie Hill.

Mick climbing Markerhorn, Kirrie Hill.

The venue proved a good choice being sheltered from the cool northerly breeze; catching the sun and having lots of routes across the easier grades allowing us to climb 10 routes in a relatively short time. For those who are interested the higher Angus hills could be glimpsed from the approach and still seemed to be holding quite a lot of snow.

Kirrie Hill

I was out again today rock climbing with Ivor. After working quite hard at Rob’s Reed yesterday we headed to Kirrie Hill today for some mileage on easier routes. The weather was beautiful and after a request stop at Visocchi’s in Kirriemuir we had a very pleasant time at the crag climbing circa 10 routes.

Me climbing at Kirrie Hill. Photo Credit: Ivor McCourt.

Me climbing at Kirrie Hill. Photo Credit: Ivor McCourt.

It’s another bolted sandstone conglomerate crag and some care is required with the rock in places, so it’s worth considering a helmet for the belayer. However, there are lots of good routes in a sheltered South facing location and well worth a visit. I forgot my camera today, so the photo is actually from last year, but gives an idea of the type of climbing.