Posts for category: Rock Climbing

Brilliant Weather For Climbing

                    With a day off together and more amazing weather, Lena and I eventually got out to Creag Dhubh. After the late start we only really had time for one climb, so something neither of us had done before – The Brute. Lena let me have […]...

Eagle Ridge

                    A few days ago Lena and I decided what to do with 2 days of good weather (Friday and Saturday), and we packed up and headed off East. We started with some fun climbing at the Pass of Ballater. The next morning we woke early […]...

Cioch, In Pinn

                    Earlier this week, working for the Army (ATC(S) in Inverness) I joined up with Mark’s team in Balmacara and we drove to Skye. We set up a wild camp and then headed off to the Sron na Ciche. Mark’s team were on a SMF – […]...

Spring Glen Nevis Climbing

                    Today I met up again with Davy, who wants to get into summer trad climbing. To date he had done 2 trad climbs – they were in winter, in the rain/snow, in Glen Nevis – Pinnacle Ridge and The Gutter – so it was time […]...

Hammer

                    Lena and I managed to get a day of rock climbing together, which will hopefully happen more this summer. On this occasion we chose to go back to Etive Slabs. We got there to find that we were only the second team at the crag, […]...

FA’s On Binnein Shuas – 1967

                    Last week Lena and Gemma went to climb Ardverikie Wall (HS****) on Binnein Shuas. They had the crag to themselves despite the holiday season and the terrific weather. As always, they found the rock to be perfect and the climbing excellent. The route, along with […]...

Leading And Rescues

                    Today I was working for the UHI West Highland College, and I was out with Callum, Blair and Jordan from ATM2. They are working towards their SPA and they have already led several outdoor trad climbs. Today in the wet weather, with wet rock, we […]...

Learning To Lead

              Last Wednesday I was working for the College in Fort William (WHC, UHI), and the second year students on the ATM degree course. It was an opportunity to get the 4 students out to dry (or even wet) rock and to develop their leading. The students had already […]...

Ropework and Ice

              Last Tuesday I met up with Doug MacDonald. He has recently done his SPA training, and is soon to attend his assessment, later this month. He wanted to spend half a day ‘fine tuning’ his ropework, and work on ideas of how to become more efficient. We met […]...

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 […]...

Kingussie – Developing Climbing Skills

                    On Friday I was working with the first year students (Rob, Scott, Iain, Rosie and Cameron) from the college (WHC, UHI). We went off to Kingussie to develop their leading. Some of them had been climbing through last year, but had never got around to […]...

Students Climbing In The Glen

                    On Wednesday I was out with the WHC students, Angus, Louise, Erik and Mairead. Developing them from last week, we wanted to develop their trad leading skill set. We used the morning to build them up for ‘simu-leading’ 3 Pines (S) at Polldubh. Everybody got […]...

College Season – Developing Leading

                    Last week I kicked off my Autumn season of working with the College (WHC, West Highland College, UHI, University of the Highlands and Islands). I was with Louise, Emily, Angus and Alex, working on ‘developing their leading’. The weather was terrific (as usual on the […]...

North Wales Climbing

                  Lena and I went on a quick holiday to North Wales last week for a bit of awesome dry weather rock climbing. As it turned out due to the weather, we could have gone climbing just about anywhere in the UK. The weather was warm, dry […]...

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 […]...

North Buttress, Buachaille Etive Mor

                    On Saturday I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides. I met up with Neal and Tim in the morning and we headed off to Glenoce. They have already climbed Tower Ridge, Ledge Route, Castle Ridge and Curved Ridge. On Saturday we planned to climb North […]...

Aonach Eagach – Friday

                    On Friday I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides. The forecast for Friday was better than Thursday, we were set for a mostly dry day with only a few light showers. In the morning I met up with Ewen, Rebecca and their sons, Rory (14) […]...

Aonach Eagach – Thursday

                    On Thursday I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides. Thursday did not have a great forecast! It was set to be a wet day with initially prolonged heavy rain spells, decreasing in the afternoon to just rain showers – a day for waterproofs! Paul wasn’t […]...

Tower Ridge

                    Lena and I had an opportunity to get out yesterday afternoon, so we headed for Ben Nevis and Tower Ridge, because the weather was fine for a change, after the last few wet days. We only had the afternoon, so Tower Ridge seemed suitable, and […]...

Magic Crack

                    On Tuesday this week, Lena and I walked into Coire an t-Sneachda to climb Magic Crack (HVS***). I’d climbed it before with Ken (March 2012), but this was my chance to lead the main pitch. The weather looked much more promising than on the Monday. […]...

Savage Slit After Rain

                    Last Monday Lena and I wanted to make the best of possible dry weather. We drove over to the Northern Corries in the Cairngorms and walked into Coire an Lochain to climb Savage Slit and the VS climbs there-abouts. The forecast was for ‘possible passing […]...

Ledge Route – A Wet Morning

                    Yesterday, working for Outward Bound, I met Craig and his Ultimate Expedition Clan. It had been raining a great deal since Saturday afternoon, and through the night, so the burns were all high – so to avoid a difficult stream crossing for the group we […]...

Ledge Route – A Dry Morning

                    On Saturday I had an early start to meet Lawrence and his Outward Bound clan at the CIC on Ben Nevis at 8am. Lawrence’s group has had a tiring week exploring the highland munros in the scorching weather, and today it was time to get […]...

Castle Ridge

                    On Thursday I went to Ben Nevis with Wayne to climb Castle Ridge. Lena came along for the day to do some observation. It was another scorcher of a day – we were almost getting used to this weather! As we got closer to Ben […]...

Central Grooves

                    On Wednesday, with our second day off, Lena and I went climbing again, this time up to Stob Coire nan Lochan, and Central Buttress. We liked the idea of climbing Central Grooves VS 4c**. Again it was an incredibly hot day, so we came prepared […]...