A big tick for any mountaineer the Cullin Ridge traverse is certainly a jewel in the crown of Scottish hillwalking. A very risky booking for late in the season left me wondering if this could be a difficult experience. However October brought us some of the best weather of the year.
It has been a fabulous week of unseasonably warm weather, friends of mine have been running away from the mountains and heading to the shelter and warmth of Reiff. These Torridonian sandstone cliffs have some of the best sea cliff climbing in Scotland. With temperatures into double figures it was a clear choice.
After a rainy November and a very rainy start to December, Hamlet Mountaineering Staff Tim and Laura decided to have a get away and go sport climbing somewhere hot.
Learning to lead climb can be a scary and daunting experience with many unknowns. Having climbed with Gordon on several occasions now and knowing that the weather was supposed to deteriorate throughout the day we opted for the steep walls of Huntley’s cave.
Two Canadians on a road trip around Europe contacted me about rock climbing in the north west highlands. On their whistle stop tour around the UK they took the time to venture up into the wild wild west.
The end of the world, Saint Kilda.
40 miles west of Harris Saint Kilda sits on it’s own, taking the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. Hirta is the largest island and contains the World heritage site of Village bay. Not only does the Saint Kilda archipelago contain the largest sea cliffs in the UK it also contains the largest two sea stacks in the UK and these were to be our destination.
The perfect line of Agags Groove cuts through Rannoch wall in a diagonal from right to left. Seen from the A82 this amazing four star Vdiff is a fantastic day out for any climber.
The old man of Stoer is an iconic section of rock in the north west highlands of Scotland. First climbed in 1966 by Tom Patey (Ullapools’ local GP at the time).
So it has been a long and lonesome road (well, sometimes). But there had been ups and downs, rain and sun. Most of all a lot of laughs and a lot of fun.