Autumn Rock

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 […]

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Ready to Rock

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 […]

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Edinburgh Cragging

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 […]

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Climbing Skills

Spend Sunday with Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club members Megan and Lucia at EICA Ratho and also in Ratho Quarry. It was damp and wet in the morning, so we stayed indoors looking at learning-to-lead indoors, and then looking at setting up trad belay anchors We also looked at personal abseils. It dried up a bit […]

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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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