Savage Slit and Afterthought Arete

Andrew, Pamela and I had a great day out yesterday in the Northern Cairngroms. We climbed Savage Slit in Coire an Lochain, then ambled over the plateau to climb Afterthought Arete on Stag Rocks. Lovely day with a couple of drizzly showers. Suprsingly busy  – teams on Savage slit, Daddy Long Legs and Ventriloquist (Lochain); […]

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Poleny Crag

Jake, Scott and I had a “graduation” evening out at Polney Crag near Dunkeld. They led Recess route which we broke down into two pitches. We then looked at abseil descents.     We headed over to Kestrel Crack, climbed that and then some continuation rocks above before abseiling off the crag just as it […]

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Trad leading

I’ve been working with Jake and Scott for a few weeks now, making the transition from indoor climbers to trad lead climbing. At the Hawkcraig, we were at the stage to let them lead at the “sharp end” of the rope.   I set up a rope so I could “self-line” next to whoever was […]

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Hill Skills Training

I was working with?Edinburgh University Hillwalking Club at the weekend in and around the hills near Tomintoul, delivering a hill skills course. We looked at route planning and preparation, navigation skills, group leading and what to do in an emergency. A dry weekend but cold and very windy at times. Looking over to Lochnagar and […]

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