North Wales Weekend

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.

Steve at Craig Lloer.

Rob and Andy on Cneifon.

Rob and Andy above Gully and Slab 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.

After abseiling in to Lighthouse Arete.

Scott enjoying Lighthouse Arete.

Tina smiling on Lighthouse Arete.

Andy in the sun on Holyhead Mountain.

Monday saw a half day of climbing for the ClimbNow team at Penmaen Head before Euan and I headed north.

Euan questing upwards on Penmaen Head.

Paul leading at Penmaen Head.

HML Training and Cragging

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.

HML Training in the Touch Hills.
Me leading Spugie at Black Crag.
Euan onsighting Go Ape at Balgone Heughs.

Cairngorms, Glencoe and Cragging

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.

Paul on Doorway Ridge.
Cairngorm bivvy.
Portia and Paul on Broad Buttress.
Climbing at Polney Crag.

Local Crags

The start of June has seen us mostly at local crags either with clients; personal climbing or delivering Rock Climbing Instructor training.

Paul enjoying an early morning climb at Rosyth Quarry with Euan.
Rock Climbing Instructor Training in the sun.
Ivor emerging in to the sun at Limekilns.
Views of Edinburgh from navigation courses in the Pentlands.
Nettle bouldering at Cairney Hill Quarry.
Me topping out on a highball boulder problem at Cairney Hill Quarry.
Pamela on Lightening Never Strikes Twice at Cloon Craig in The Borders.

May Update

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.

Looking for new routes on Beinn Fionnlaidh with Mac and Sharon.

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.

Lorna climbing at Hawkcraig with Euan.
Photo taken by Paul while delivering an MCI.
Delivering a Lowland Leader Training.
A Mountain Leader Training expedition in the Southern Cairngorms.

The highlight was probably Paul popping up with Finn to complete a traverse of the Skye Ridge in pretty favourable conditions.

Finn on the Inn Pinn.
Magnificent views on the Skye Ridge.