Kirrie Hill

Euan, Ivor and I are trying to keep training/climbing going as much as possible during the autumn to get us strong for the winter season. Yesterday the weather dictated training inside at Alien Rock, however today we headed outside to Kirrie Hill at Kirriemuir. The crag was dry and we had a good few hours climbing routes that were nearly all new lines for us.

Euan onsighting the very good “Ginger’s Jewels”.

Impressive Performance at Kirriemuir

Today Martin, Ivor and I climbed at Kirriemuir. The condtions were excellent being dry and cold with autumn sunshine making the sandstone perfect to climb on. We climbed a number of routes including; ‘Slim Pickins’, ‘Flyboy’ and ‘By Hook or by Crook’. However, the stand out event of the day was Ivor climbing ‘A Touch too Much’ (F7A).

At the age of 70 Ivor climbed his first F7A at Rob’s Reed.. Last season as a team of four (Graham, Martin, Ivor and I), we concentrated on continental ice and mixed routes. We climbed sensational routes such as La Catterdale (WI5/WI5+) on Ivor’s 71st birthday. The autumn was spent in the USA climbing desert towers.

Ivor below La Cattedrale.

This year Martin, Ivor and I have been back in the gym lots as well as climbing on crags when the weather allows. Ivor, now 72 has climbed F7A again today at Kirriemuir. Very inspirational and all down to very hard work and determination.

Ivor showing great technique today at Kirriemuir.

 

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.