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.
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.
Iona & Bob from Falkirk Community Trust and I set off for Glen Clova today on the basis of a dry forecast for that area. However, by the time we reached Kirriemuir it was raining lightly and the view up The Glens showed more rain in that direction. We switched plan and headed to the bolted sandstone conglomerate crag of Kirriehill. The rock there was generally dry and stayed dry through a few light showers allowing us to climb all day.
We climbed a good selection of routes either leading or bottom roping. Iona and Bob both led their first outdoor sports routes and learnt how to re-thread at the top of a bolted climb, if required.