Glen Clova

John and I visited Glen Clova today with a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors team of Gillian, Kate and Ken. We opted for this as it was likely to be quick drying after the rain, gave us options if we did get showers and was less likely to be busy. We were lucky in that we had no significant rain whilst we were there and the crag dried quickly. We also had the crags to ourselves all day.

Ken on one of the harder options on pitch 3 of Twenty Minute Route.

We started on Twenty Minute Route, taking in some of the harder variations, whilst the crag dried. After lunch we moved across to the South-East Crag and climbed Parapet Route Direct Start with Kate, Ken and I then climbing Flake Route and John and Gillian climbing Central Crack, both excellent long pitches. A long abseil from the top of the crag then finished off a good day.

Glen Clova

Out in Glen Clova today on a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors Classic Climb Day with Linda and Andrew. We’d headed there to avoid wet weather further West and this worked well with generally hot sunny conditions and only the odd drop of very light rain, which didn’t impact on the climbing.

Linda topping out on Central Crack.

Linda topping out on Central Crack.

We climbed Three J’s Chimney, Parapet Route Direct Start, Flake Route, Central Crack and finished with the “tremendous route with exhilarating positions” that is Proud Corner. Over 500ft of climbing and a total of nine stars across the routes making for a pretty classic day in a beautiful setting. The crags were relatively busy, being a good choice given conditions, but the atmosphere was very pleasant with teams chatting and working around each other very well.

Glen Clova

Robin and I were out climbing in Glen Clova yesterday with a Falkirk Community Trust team of Emanuelle, Iona and Wilson. We’d chosen the venue to stay away from the rain further West and this worked well, although the crag was relatively busy, presumably for the same reason.

Wilson and Emanuelle relaxing on a stance above our third pitch on Twenty Minute Route.

Wilson and Emanuelle relaxing on a stance above our third pitch on Twenty Minute Route.

Emanuelle, Wilson and I had a good day climbing Twenty Minute Route in five short pitches with a Severe variation; Three J’s Chimney and Parapet Route Direct Start. Robin and Iona climbed Proud Corner, Zigzag Direct and Wandered. Based on the guidebook I think that counts as a creditable total of 10 stars for the team on the day.

Glen Clova

Today a Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors climbing team of Bob, Gregor and I headed for Glen Clova to try and get away from the rain. This worked well. We had light showers and some dark clouds as well as sunshine early on, so we climbed the four pitch Twenty Minute Route on the Lower North-West Crag.

Gregor and Bob on the first pitch of Twenty Minute Route.

Gregor and Bob on the first pitch of Twenty Minute Route.

After some lunch the rock was still pretty dry and there was only the odd very light shower, so we headed across to the South-East Crag and climbed Parapet Route Direct Start and the excellent Flake Route.

Glen Clova

On Wednesday Pamela and I were out with Iona, Graeme, Nick and Wilson from Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We headed to Glen Clova to avoid the rain further West and climbed a number of routes including Proud Corner, Parapet Route Direct Start, Parapet Route, Flake Route and Central Crack.

Wilson and Graeme on Flake Route

Wilson and Graeme on Flake Route

Just about all these routes get several stars and rightly so as they give excellent varied climbing on good rock. The weather stayed dry with just the odd light drop of rain. There was minor seepage on some of the routes at the crag more prone to this.

Iona about to abseil from the stance on Parepet Route Direct Start

Iona about to abseil from the stance on Parepet Route Direct Start