Category Archives: Rock Climbing

Arrived at St Kilda after a long journey from Stornoway. What a place.

We left the boat yard for St Kilda Murdo our Skipper deciding to make use of the weather. It was a long day arriving at Village Bay St Kilda about 0130 Tuesday morning. It was pretty rough journey at times … Continue reading

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A cracking day Carn an Fhreiceadhain (The lookout hill) a Corbett near Kingussie.

Yesterday we had our first Bus meet with my local Moray Mountaineering Club since the dark days of COVID. The committee had decided to use this day to introduce new members to the Club. The Venuer was Kingussie andr we … Continue reading

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What’s your best advice on multi pitch mountain routes for someone wanting to rock climb away from outcrop climbing?

Any ideas on good easier mountain routes for folk wanting to climb on a mountain crag? Here’s a few of mine. I get asked this often from folks who have climbed on low level crags and want to expand their … Continue reading

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Sea Stacks – A few tales: The old man of Stoer. An early ascent in 1968 and a ascent of a foam covered Stack!

Well done Bridget from Skye ( All things Culluin) for climbing the Old Man of Storr a sea stack near Lochinver. A great day out for you and Adrian and what a way to experience a birthday. It got me … Continue reading

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So lucky to have Ben Rinnes on my doorstep. The Wellington Crash and The Friends of Ben Rinnes.

Ben Rinnes ; 841 m (2,759 ft) · 512 m (1,680 ft) · Corbett, Marilyn. Elevation: 841 m (2,759 ft) Parent range: Grampian Mountains Ben Rinnes is a cracking mountain on my doorstep. It’s a short drive from home and the … Continue reading

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Belays.

Most of us that climb have seen poor belays this was on Skye on a great route called Cioch Grooves HVS 5a. It is a 2 star 500 foot route on the wonderful Sron Na Ciche . This climb was … Continue reading

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Time on Rock

I heard the author Anna Fleming speak on the Outofdoors podcast it was a really interesting interview. I enjoyed hearing about her book and her journey rock climbing and learning about the natural world. It was interesting to hear her … Continue reading

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My mate Tom Mac Donald RIP.

Tom MacDonald I have the just had the sad news of my pal Tom MacDonald died on Thursday at his home in Dundee. I have no other news as yet. It was a huge shock as I thought the man … Continue reading

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Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team Routes on Ben Nevis in winter. Ian Clough and others.

In the 50’s when National Service was mandatory a few climbers were posted to RAF Kinloss in the UK the Mountain Rescue Team in Morayshire in the North of Scotland. As the team trained most weekends at various Base Camps … Continue reading

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Cracking books and ideas for climbing the hills. “Scotlands Mountain Ridges.” Dan Bailey and that old favourite the SMC District Guides.

This is great guidebook with a mix of summer scrambling, rock climbing and winter mountaineering on Scotland’s ridges, from the remote Cairngorms to the splendour of the Cuillin. Graceful carved walkways slung between summits, twisted spines of stone – ridges … Continue reading

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