Over the weekend the ClimbNow team had a meet up with some old friends in North Wales. On Saturday Euan and Paul visited Craig LLoer with Tina, Scott and Steve, whilst Andy, Rob and I climbed the Cneifon Arete before dropping down to climb on Clogwyn y Tarw.
On Sunday there was an early morning ascent of Lighthouse Arete on Castell Helen for Tina, Scott, Steve, Euan and Paul followed by a visit to the very hot Holyhead Mountain where they caught up with Andy, Rob and I who’d started there in the morning.
Monday saw a half day of climbing for the ClimbNow team at Penmaen Head before Euan and I headed north.
After a delivering an Hill and Moorland Leader Training Course with John for Falkirk Outdoors over the weekend I’ve been out cragging a couple of times this week with Euan taking in sport climbing at Balgone Heughs and Myopics and trad climbing at Black Crag near Loch Ordie. There are good routes at Black Crag, but it’s worth noting that it isn’t very well travelled and care should be taken with some of the rock. We removed a couple of large dangerous blocks from our warm up route.
Euan recently had a good few days with Paul after a scrambling and bivvying trip in the Cairngorms and climbing at Kingussie they met up with Portia to climb one of the quieter scrambles on Buachaille Etive Mor and for some climbing at Polney Crag.
May has seen a lot of changes, both in weather conditions and Covid restrictions and guidance. The month started with winter still being very present in the Scottish hills, which allowed us to get a couple of last wintery outings.
Focus changed for us through the month to rock climbing in both North Wales and Scotland; delivering National Governing Body Award training courses, such as Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, Mountain Leader and Lowland Leader.
The highlight was probably Paul popping up with Finn to complete a traverse of the Skye Ridge in pretty favourable conditions.
Well since I last posted in March there have been significant changes in legislation and guidance around Covid-19 restrictions. The month started with still staying local, keeping skills and fitness up to date and limited outdoor work opportunities. We’re finishing the month with the ability to travel further and increased work opportunities. The photos and comments below should give a feel for how the month progressed.
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It’s been a varied start to the week with climbing at Ratho Quarry on Monday morning; a night run by headtorch in the Pentlands on Monday evening with Euan, Andrew and David; bouldering at Agassiz Rock with Pamela on Tuesday and at Treverlen Park on Wednesday. All good for keeping skills and fitness going.
During the lockdowns I’ve found it really useful to set myself some goals. Having a target, even a small one, definitely makes me more likely to get out and invariably I feel better for doing so.
Over the last few weeks I set myself the goal of visiting/revisiting all the trig points within the City of Edinburgh Council boundary that you are legally able to.
To stick to the spirit of the restrictions I tried to do this by not making special journeys, but by visiting them after a bouldering/climbing session, as part of a walk with a friend or as a run from home.
If you decide to do something similar many trig points will be on farm land or golf courses. Please do make sure you access land responsibly and don’t disturb livestock, damage crops or interfere with games in progress. Access legislation is different in England and Wales to Scotland and this should also be considered.
Restrictions are hopefully easing up. In Scotland we’re now able to travel from our council area for outdoor work and things should ease further on the 26th April. If you have any climbing or mountaineering goals ClimbNow could help with do get in touch.
We’ve been out as much as possible over the last few weeks making sure we keep fit and our skills are up to speed for when we’re able to get out in the wider environment with clients. Hopefully, that’s not too far away.
As well as training at home we’ve been out climbing and bouldering locally at venues such as Ratho Quarry, Blackford Quarry, Agassiz Rock and Hound Point.
We’ve also been running and walking up some of the more obscure local hills to keep hill fitness up.
We can now travel within Scotland for work and it currently looks like travel will ease further on the 26th April. Fingers firmly crossed!