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.

Pentlands

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.

Pentlands

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.

Pentlands

The last two days I’ve been working for The City of Edinburgh Council supervising a Bronze DofE group who were traversing the Pentland Hills from Garvald to The Flotterstone.

My tent at a the wild camp near North Esk Reservoir.

My tent at a the wild camp near North Esk Reservoir.

The group did a great job and we were treated to some fine weather with only a light shower late this afternoon.

 

Pentlands and Lammermuirs

This week I’ve been running a Silver DofE training for The City of Edinburgh Council. This included navigation in the Pentland Hills on Tuesday and a three day practice expedition in the Lammermuirs.

The group approaching the Meikle Says Law trig point.

The group approaching the Meikle Says Law trig point.

The expedition took in Meikle Says Law and some delightful and, at times, tough walking terrain with a couple of beautiful camping spots. The group coped very well with some very mixed weather, which changed from heavy rain to bright sunshine on a fairly regular basis.

Lowland Leader Awards

For the past two weekends I have been running Lowland Leader Award assessments for Falkirk Community Trust. The teams and I have visited various areas around the Pentland Hills and also areas bordering the Forth.

Congratulations to all candidates on their efforts.

Threipmuir Reservoir and the Pentland Hills.

Threipmuir Reservoir and the Pentland Hills.

Pentlands Navigation

I was out in the Pentlands this evening with Alan, Lorn and Paul looking at hill navigation. We started from the Ranger Centre near the Flotterstone and headed around the Castle Law and Fala Knowe area with a fair bit of time off the paths looking at bearings and pacing.

Turnhouse Hill at dusk this evening.

Carnethy and Turnhouse Hills at dusk this evening.

It was a beautiful evening with a cool breeze. The Pentland Hills are pretty dry at the moment, but there are still some boggy spots off the paths.

Pentlands

Euan and I were running in the Pentland Hills today recceing a route for an event later in the year. The paths and ground generally are pretty wet at the moment after the recent rain. Sunshine and showers through the afternoon with a cool south-westerly wind. Some great views when the weather cleared.

Typiclal Pentlands view, though not from today and not Euan as I forgot to take photos.

Typiclal Pentlands view, though not from today and not Euan as I forgot to take photos.

Navigation Course in the Pentlands

Today I was delivering a hill walking navigation course in the Pentlands for The City of Edinburgh Council Adult Education. The course went well with lots of new skills being acquired.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

Typical Pentland conditions. Photo not from today as I forgot my camera.

The Pentlands are relatively dry for the time of year with underfoot conditions being pretty good both on and off paths. It was warm in the sunshine, but cool in the shade or the wind, with the odd flake of snow falling at times.