Posts for category: ATC Scotland

Huntley’s, Ballater, The Message

This week for Monday, Tuesday and today I was working with Dave and Lawrie for ATFW (Inverness). Dave had a group of 6, but only 5 were able to join us for the exped phase of their course. We went to Huntley’s cave on Monday, Pass of Ballater on Tuesday and we all climbed The […]...

Reiff

At the beginning of the week I was working alongside Lawrie to support his expedition to Reiff. Monday was good weather and so we had a great day climbing at the Pinnacle Area. We had a brilliant venue for wild camping for 2 nights – and on Monday night we were treated to a sensational […]...

Ciste Dhubh – End Of A Great Exped

                    On Wednesday Jamie’s ATC(S) expedition was on it’s final day, and due to some unavoidable logistic trouble we were unable to finish with the planned scramble – so instead we headed back to Glen Shiel and Ciste Dhubh (Munro at 979m). The group navigated and […]...

Forcan + Ledge

                    On Monday I met up with Jamie Bankhead and his ATC(S) team for the exped phase of their SMF course (summer mountaineering Foundation course – 11 days long). Jamie had made a great plan and now all we needed was for the weather to play […]...

Tower Ridge

                    On Wednesday I was invited along to join the ATC(S) (Inverness base) staff team during their staff training expedition. The team had just completed a tough 2 day biking exped, and finished at the Glen Nevis camp site. So, on Wednesday we started from the […]...

Mostly Avoiding Rain

                    At the beginning of the week I joined Jamie Bankhead with his team of Marines on their 3 day climbing exped (working for ATC(S) based in Inverness), looking for dry weather, and a mixture of trad, sport and mountain routes. We started in Cummingston on […]...

Skye, In Pinn and Elgol

                    On the Tuesday Calum Muskett, Ali Rose and I took the team of 6 up onto the Inaccessible Pinnacle. We met Bill Strachan on the way down, who evidently had an earlier start than us! We made best use of the cafe at the Glenbrittle […]...

Skye, The Cioch

                    On Monday I met up with Ali Rose and Calum Muskett. Calum was running an RSF (climbing) course for ATC(S) (adventure training centre for the army in Inverness). For the Mon, Tues and Wed, the plan was to head over to Skye to do whatever […]...

Days On Skye

                    A few days ago, I was working for ATC(S)on one of their SMF (walking foundation) courses, alongside Dave Chapman and Mark Stevenson. We had a group of RMP’s (royal military police). On the first day Dave set up an orienteering day with a competitive edge, […]...

Indoors, Dunkeld, Kirriemuir, Redhythe

                    Over the last week at ATC(S) we have been to Inverness Indoor Climbing wall, doing teamwork development tasks and prepping for a climbing exped – we went to Dunkeld, Kirriemuir and Redhythe Point, looking for dry rock. The team started their climbing career 2 Mondays […]...

Huntley’s Cave

                    Today I was continuing the ATC(S) climbing course, working alongside Dave Chapman, and we went to Huntley’s Cave. It was day 4 of the course, and we have been building up on various themes – and today we wanted to look at steep, exposed and […]...

Starting A Climbing Course In The Sun

                    This week I started a course with ATC(S) – Adventure Training Centre in Scotland for the Army, based in Inverness – and I’m with 6 very motivated soldiers. Working alongside me is David Chapman. We happen to be blessed with sun and high pressure for […]...

Couple Of Days In Torridon

Earlier this week, I was working for ATC Scotland, and I met up with Dave Chapman and his group (Rob, Gav, Chris and Kyle) on the exped phase of their MSF course. On the Monday we walked in to find a good place to camp, ready to do Slioch (981m) the next day. We then […]...

Dundonnell ATC Course

                    For the last 2 weeks I have been working on an Adventure Training Course, run through Cameron Barracks in Inverness (ATC Scotland). I was working with a group from the 2 Royal Anglian (Infantry) and they were with me to do their Summer Mountaineering Foundation […]...

End Of Course At Kingussie

                    On Wednesday Jordan and Danny wanted to lead their first trad climbs, so we headed to Kingussie. The day was always going to be a little short, because everybody had to get back to Cameron Barracks early to do lots of kit admin, and do […]...

Polldubh In October

                    On Tuesday, I was again out with Danny and Jordan, who are on their ATCS Climbing course, which included the Foundation course last week. They wanted a little more guided climbing as well as continuing the process of learning to lead. We started on The […]...

Dry Rock Climbing In Polldubh

                    This week I’m working for ATCS and supporting Jamie Bankhead on his RSF course. We took the Infantry Soldiers to Glen Nevis, Polldubh for a quick afternoon on dry rock in warm temperatures. It’s middle October and we’re climbing in t-shirts – fantastic. We did […]...

Pippet Slab

                  On Wednesday I was with Moffett and Ally who were keen to do another climb in the hills, so we headed off to the Northern Corries. This time we walked over to Stac an Fharaidh to do Pippet Slab (S***), which looked really good in the […]...

Sport Climbing – Creag Bheag

On Tuesday this week working for ATC Scotland, and working with Mark Stevenson, we headed off to do a little sport climbing at Creag Bheag – Golspie, with 6 of the group of 10. The other 2 teams with Dusty and Matt were in the Northern Corries on ‘Pot of Gold’ and ‘Savage Slit’. We […]...

Pot Of Gold

                    On Monday this week, we started the 3 days of ‘exped phase’ with the group at ATC Scotland, who completed their RSF (Single pitch rock climbing foundation) course on Saturday. The 10 soldiers were split into 3 teams of 2 and a team of 4, […]...

Kingussie, Cummingston, Duntelchaig

                    This week I’ve been working at ATC (Army Adventure Training Centre) Scotland, based out of Inverness. The course has been a RSF (Single Pitch Rock Foundation certificated award) – for 5 days. I have only had 4 in my group – Cunny, Howey, Moffett and […]...

Duntelchaig, Drum

                    On Tuesday I went to Duntelchaig, to introduce the team to easy multi-pitch-climbing. We had Drum (VD*) in mind. It was my first visit to the crag and it took me a few minutes to find an easy access route to the climb, so after […]...

Afterthought Arete With Gurkhas

                    Last Monday I joined the staff team (Matt and Dusty) at ATC Scotland, to support their final phase of their 2 week climbing course. There had already been a lot of drop outs from the original course line up, due to injuries, but there were […]...

Reserves At Moy Rock

                    With the Reserves last weekend, we went to Moy Rock, in the Northern Highlands, just North of Inverness. This is a great little sport crag, close to the road. This is a relatively recently developed sport crag, and a great deal of forestry has been […]...

Reserves At Kingussie

                Over the last weekend I was working at ATC-Scotland, with a group of Reserves (used to be known as the T.A.). It was an intro weekend to the sport of climbing, with a focus on fun,challenge, and possibly identifying who had sufficient interest to go on to […]...