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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Late Summer

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!   […]

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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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Climbing at Kyloe

Spent yesterday at Kyloe Crag with Adrian and Tegan from Edinburgh University Mountaineering Club looking at Trad climbing skills. A mild day with a bit of drizzle, but the crag stayed dry allowing us to look at anchor placements, building belays, placing gear on the lead and also looking at retreating from routes. Adrian and […]

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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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