Monday, July 30, 2012

Loch Scridean crags

Dry Basalt above Loch Scridean 

Donald topping out of one of the corners 

Nice outlook down towards the Ross of Mull and Ardmeanach peninsula 

Good corners and slabs 

At last some time to spare, dry rock and a climbing partner all landed at the same time. Donald and I headed to a Basalt crag that lies towards the head of Loch Scridean on the Isle of Mull. Having driven past this promontory several times I have wondered whether there would be any climbing on it. Walking round we found some good solid short routes on very clan basalt rock. The routes where short but pretty steep we climbed four good lines all around VS in grade with some fun moves. Someone must have been here before though as there are two bolts at the top. It certainly wouldn’t be that easier venue for groups as the ground falls very steeply away at the foot of the rock on steep grass. There is one huge ring bolt also which must have been placed with something other than climbing in mind, a mystery but very handy as there is a lack of anything to tie to when topping out.

Sturdy bolt
There will be a few more climbs to go at here as its two tiered giving maybe scope for around twenty routes in all with some good bouldering at the tapering ends of the walls.
Back to business this week with a group coming up from Edinburgh this afternoon I shall be catering and instructing this week so it could be a little busy. The usual rain has arrived which signifies another group coming.  
Delicate slab climbing