I’ve had busy August and September (so far!) working on Mountaineering Scotland Ready to Rock courses and also getting out climbing with various folk. I’ve been providing technical advice to various organisations I work for, and also working with South East Edinburgh Scouts as their mountain activities adviser, trainer and assessor. Some photos below! […]Read more "Late Summer"
(Update of a post I made in 2011) I made the mistake recently of posting on UKClimbing.com. There had been some discussion about multi-pitch belays, and this deviated to someone posting about sling strength, and quoting DMM’s testing of sling strength. It’s worth watching the DMM video: https://dmmclimbing.com/Knowledge/June-2010/How-to-Break-Nylon-Dyneema®-Slings ) My interpretation of this was […]Read more "Knotting slings and using them as lanyards – is it safe?"
I’ve been working with Mountaineering Scotland to deliver their new Ready to Rock courses. On Sunday, Michael, Michael, Iain, Ali, Chris, Gonzalo along with Alan and myself met at a scorching Traprain Law to cover the basics of trad climbing. We looked at the Crag environment – environmental considerations and looking after yourself. Guide books […]Read more "Ready to Rock"
There are some fantastic venues within easy reach of Edinburgh, and some a bit further away that offer more adventurous climbing. Traprain Law is just outside Haddington, about 25 minutes from Edinburgh, and gives some good lower-middle grade climbing in a rural setting. The downside is the crag is popular and polished. A good […]Read more "Edinburgh Cragging"
We revisited Ben Hiant after another snowy spell over the Easter break. There was plenty of firm, deep snow in places. So, we climbed a gully line west of the NW ridge which I descended on New Year’s Eve 2000 after the ascent of NW ridge. The gully had less snow on it, but […]Read more "Ewan Gully"