Category: Trad.

Blovid Developments

Blovid Developments 

Thanks to Ross for contributing this post. When the local antiquarian Gilbert Goudie made a detailed study of the ruined broch at Blovid in 1887 he probably didn’t give the nearby sandstone crags a single thought as he went about his investigation. I have to admit that I’ve not paused long by the substantial remains […]

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Beat the Heatwave Smugness

Beat the Heatwave Smugness 

The UK is in the middle of a heatwave. If, like me you follow some climbing media then you’ll have also had the rush of annoying articles from the likes of the BMC and UKC on the best crags get away from the blistering heat and climb in the shade. So I thought I’d write […]

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Ghost Town

Ghost Town 

Pete’s photo from 2007 (left), looking down the vertical corner to a ledge far below and titled “Ghost Town”, was enough to attract interest from several of his friends. It showed ropes tied up and dangling just below him. The name of the route is enigmatic in its description until you understand the context and […]

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A Slow Start

A Slow Start 

I can’t believe I am only writing the first new routing update in June this year! It’s certainly a contrast to last year. Summer is painfully slow to arrive this year and we’re only getting the odd day here and there to get out. I gather it’s the same story around the country but here […]

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The Exploration Bug

The Exploration Bug 

I sometimes find it hard to get excited about climbing. This winter has felt pretty long, and I finished a bouldering room at the end of last summer to train and keep “psyched” through the winter. Truth is though that aiming for higher grades or a certain route isn’t enough to get me going and […]

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Muckle Roe – The Story So Far

Muckle Roe – The Story So Far 

Article contributed by Ross Muckle Roe has long been known for its dramatic granite cliffs and fantastic sea caves, but not for its climbing. Unfortunately a walk along the coast reveals some dramatic scenery but closer inspection of the rock often reveals it to be friable and sometimes downright scary. However, several new venues were […]

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Eshaness Videos Summer vs Winter

Eshaness Videos Summer vs Winter 

Well I’ve finally got round to doing an edit of this summers Adventure Show filming of Al Whitworth and Desiree Wilson climbing at Eshaness Lighthouse. The video was part of the “Wild Weekend” feature for The Adventure Show. They had originally intended to film sea kayaking as well but the weather was against them for […]

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The Adventure Show (again)

The Adventure Show (again) 

Following on from the last episode, The Adventure Show feature Shetland again this week. This time the presenter, Desiree Wilson leads a climb back at Eshaness Lighthouse. This time conditions weren’t perfect and I’m pretty sure my battle with a stuck rope under a wet roof on second wasn’t filmed; somehow one half rope had […]

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Skaw Point – Crickies Chair

Skaw Point – Crickies Chair 

Article contributed by Ross It is a Friday evening in July and the weather forecast for Saturday isn’t looking that great.  A dry start, but a front forecast to come in from the north-west in the afternoon bringing rain and a stop to a great week of climbing. So we hatch a plan which requires […]

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The Adventure Show

The Adventure Show 

The BBC series The Adventure Show were up filming in Shetland this summer and the first episode to feature Shetland climbing is airing on Wednesday 8th October at 7pm on BBC2 Scotland. It will also hopefully be on iplayer. It’s an under-rated program that has actually been going for a while, in its 5th series. […]

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