Calum, Lizzie and I spent a weekend of dry and warm weather climbing at Dunkeld and Traprain Law. We revised loads of Trad climbing skills – placing nuts and cams, building anchors, abseiling routes and getting off crags safely. By the end of the weekend, both Calum and Lizzie were able to lead routes, and […]Read more "Autumn Rock"
(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"