Pentlands Navigation

I was out in the Pentland Hills today delivering a Hill Walking Navigation course for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. Thanks to all the group for their enthusiasm, which made the course work well.

The group with Arthur’s Seat in the distance.

It was dry throughout the day with sunshine and a strong, cold, south-westerly wind, which decreased through the day. Despite yesterday’s rain the ground was very dry underfoot for this time of year and the paths were dry.

Pentlands and Blackford Glen

This morning I delivered the final session of a four week navigation course for the City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. We did a loop from the Hillend Ski Centre. The group navigated me around the hill using the skills they’d learnt in the previous weeks before wrapping up in the warmth of the ski centre café. It’s been a great course with everyone keen to learn to navigate and hopefully there have been a few lightbulb moments.

The group developing a plan for the next leg.

I then met up with Euan and Ivor for a bouldering session at Agassiz Rock in Blackford Glen. The rock was sheltered from the wind and warm in the sunshine. It’s worth noting there’s some loose rock high up on the right at Agassiz at the moment.

Ivor making short work of an easy problem at Agassiz Rock.

Navigation Course The Pentlands

Glorious weather in The Pentlands today for delivering a City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education Navigation Course. Navigation progressed through the day finishing with legs through open hill country away from paths. The ground was generally dry and there was sunshine most of the day and a light breeze.

Some of the team using maps and compasses away from paths.

Edinburgh and the Pentlands

I’ve spent the last week delivering a DofE training and practice expedition for The City of Edinburgh Council based out of their Bangholm Outdoor Centre. Monday to Tuesday was training including a navigation day in the Dalmeny Estate and Thursday and Firday was the practice expedition in The Pentland Hills.

Sunshine and showers in The Pentlands on Thursday.

Sunshine and showers all week with fairly strong winds made for generally good drying conditions for the ground and crags.


The last couple of days I’ve been out in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh with a DofE group for The City of Edinburgh Council. The weather was excellent with sunshine and relatively low winds. There’s a good forecast for the next few days, so crags in the area will be drying out nicely.

Blue skies in the Pentlands on Friday.

Ski Touring in the Pentland Hills

Ski Touring in the Pentland Hills today above Flotterstone. Variable conditions but great to be out on such a beautiful day.

Skinning up Turnhouse Hill.

The Pentlands

Fiona, Joe and I were out today in the Pentland Hills with an excellent group from Grangemouth High School.

Joe and one of the group high on the screes underneath Caerketton Hill with Edinburgh in the background.

Joe and one of the group high on the screes underneath Caerketton Hill with Edinburgh in the background.

It was cool to start with after an overnight frost, but was warm in the sun later on with light variable winds. The Pentlands are dry underfoot at the moment after the recent weather.

Pentland Push

On Saturday Euan and I were working with Cameron. Davy, Fran, Glenn, James, Keith, Lawrie and Nettle. We were providing mountain support and emergency response for Maximillion Events who were managing the Pentland Push event.

The finish line at the Pentland Push.

The finish line at the Pentland Push.

The Pentland Push is a fundraising event for the very good cause of St Columba’s Hospice and consists of three very tough routes through the Pentland Hills aimed at runners and walkers. The event was very well organised by Maximillion and after some very windy weather during the set up on Friday it was good to have some fine weather for the event itself on Saturday. The day ran very smoothly, so a big thanks to all involved and congratulations to all the participants.


Yesterday evening and early night Cameron and I were out in the Pentlands. We used the Caerketton Crags to look at security on steep ground and then spent time practicing navigation including some night nav.

Moonrise in the Pentlands.

Moonrise in the Pentlands.

It’s worth noting that the Caerketton Crags are very loose/friable and require care and good route choice.


On Monday and Tuesday I was out in the Pentlands again with a Bronze DofE Group, who were traversing the Pentland Jills from Garvald to Easter Kinleith over two days with a wild camp.

The view from my tent door.

The view from my tent door.

The group were excellent and the weather was generally kind making for a pleasant two days in the hills.