Howgills OMM

Nettle and I were out in the Howgills for the last two days along with lots of other people doing the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon). This event, formerly known as the Karrimor Mountain Marathon, is over two days with competitors carrying all their equipment and food for an overnight camp. There are a variety of classes and competitors range from those just wanting to complete a short course by walking through to elite athletes covering amazing distances at impressive speed. Navigation to find the checkpoints is a key part of all the courses and taking part in this sort of event is a great way to hone your navigation skills. No photos I’m afraid as the camera was deemed too heavy to carry. The weather was cold and dry with a fresh north-westerly on Saturday and then very wet with fairly constant rain on a west/south-westerly on Sunday. Huge thanks to the organisers and all the volounteers who make the event happen and remain remakably cheery even after hours in the pouring rain.

Benny Beg and Glencoe

Buachaille Etive Mor from Beinn a’Chrulaiste.

Yesterday and today I have been out with groups from an organisation called Adventure Edinburgh.  This is an excellent charity which gives young people the opportunity to learn rock climbing, mountaineering and mountain biking skills with the aim of giving them the confidence to take part in these sports without supervision.

Yesterday we visited Benny Beg to practice sport climbing skills. Today we visited Glencoe and completed the Pink Rib scramble before continuing to the summit of Beinn a Chrulaiste. Glencoe was very quiet today and we spotted only one other walker on our peak.

The Slate Quarries

Brugh seconding Looning the Tube on Welsh slate.

Brugh, Bomber and I had a great day last friday in the slate quarries near Llanberis.  We climbed some brilliant routes including Fools Gold, Solstice, Seamstress, Seams the Same and Looning the Tube.  The weather was excellent and the rock warm once in the sun.

Lake District

Down to the Lake District today with John, Gayle, Jim, Morag & Sue from Falkirk Community Trust Outdoors. We had an excellent day climbing the classic Grade 3 Scramble/Moderate Rock Climb of Pinnacle Ridge on St Sunday Crag.

Jim and Morag just above the crux wall

The route was dry with just the odd damp hold and relatively quiet with just 3 other teams on the route during the day. The weather was cool and sunny, although at this time of year the crag is in shadow until late in the day. The autumn colours on the trees and hillsides coupled with the reflections in a very still Ullswater made for some magnificent views.

Sue and John on the final pinnacle


Out for a couple of hours running in the Pentlands today with Nettle. We did a circuit from Threipmuir Reservoir taking in West and East Kip, Scald Law and Carnethy Hill. The weather was light rain with low cloud right down to the reservoir level and the hills are pretty soggy underfoot at the moment.

Nettle on the summit of Carnethy Hill

North Wales

As I blogged earlier in the week, Brugh, Bomber and I are in North Wales. Yesterday, we visited the Idwal Slabs. The weather was less than perfect but we still had a grand day out on the classic Ordinary Route.

Today, we climbed at Tremadog Upper Tier where the weather was excellent with blue skies for most of the day.

Brugh leading at Tremadog.


Bomber Harris leading Breaking the Barrier

Brugh, Bomber and I have been at Gogarth today. We climbed at Holyhead Mountain and Castell Helen. Routes climbed included Hat, Rock and Ice, D’Elephant, Breaking the Barrier and Lighthouse Arete. We did not see any other climbers but did spot one group practising Mountain Leader ropewrok.

Rosyth Quarry

Out in Rosyth Quarry yesterday with a group from the Edinburgh Council half term programme. The quarry is something of a suntrap and the rock on the routes in the sun was dry and warm making for a very pleasant day.

Glencoe and Tremadog

Brugh abseiling at Tremadog.

Yesterday,I was with Hannah and Paul from the Glasgow Hill Walking and Mountaineering Club (GHWMC) in Glencoe. We had a good day out on the Nose of Sron na Creise (a grade 3 scramble) before doing a grade 1 scramble in descent.

Hannah and Paul in Glencoe.

In the evening I drove down to North Wales with Bomber Harris to meet Brugh. We have spent today on Tremadog climbing Boo Boo, Yogi and Cracked Slabs.



Climbing in the Sun

For the last few days Rosie and I have been climbing in the Costa Blanca. Today we aimed to climb one of the three star classic routes at Mascarat but unfortunately when we arrived a team were already on the first pitch. We therefore headed to Sierra de Toix and had an excellent days cragging before going for a swim in the sea underneath the South Face of the Penon.

Rosie climbing at Sierra de Toix with a paraglider above.