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.

Perthshire Cragging

Out climbing at Creag na h-Eighe and Myopic’s Buttress, Dunkeld, today. Some seepage at both crags, but plenty of routes to be climbed.

Euan climbing The Link.
Moving through the quartz section The Link.
Euan on Jaggy Bunnets Direct Finish.
Euan near the top of Jaggy Bunnets Direct Finish.


Euan and I had a good day climbing trad at Creag na h-Eighe and sport at Myopic’s Buttress on Wednesday in excellent conditions.

Euan on the bold start to Knuckleduster.

Euan climbing Overhanging Crack.

Dunkeld and UHI Perth College Climbing Wall

Euan, Ivor and I were out again today. We visited Myopic’s Buttress and Upper Cave Crag at Dunkeld, but both crags were suffering from seepage / dampness on the routes we were looking to get on.

Euan on the campus board in the training zone.

To save the day we dropped in to the University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College Climbing Wall for a bouldering and training session. None of us had used this facility before and it’s well worth a visit if in the area and the crags are wet. The reception and wall staff were helpful and friendly; there are routes on a good variety of angle of wall, which will benefit from regular route setting; there’s a good bouldering area and an excellent dedicated training zone.