NEWS: The Magna Strata

There are lines that are obvious, then there are lines formed by the absence of a line. Dan Varian’s recent first ascent of the blank wall between Malc’s Arete and The Mission on the Ship Boulder in Torridon represents a ground-breaking step in Scottish bouldering, being the most difficult steep slab/vertical wall in the country,Continue reading “NEWS: The Magna Strata”

NEWS: Tom Riach access update 08/22

Forestry activity has recommenced at Tom Riach, with a digger clearing a path from just below the climbers’ parking and access gate all the way down to the boulder. If there is machinery operating on site, it is advised to go elsewhere. If no work is happening at the site, access is still allowed. BoulderingContinue reading “NEWS: Tom Riach access update 08/22”

Dubh-Lic Boulders, Glen Croe

Stewart Cable writes up recent explorations in Glen Croe, featuring some fantastic new problems, as proven by a mathematical equation. Written March 2022 Anyone venturing up the A83 into Glen Croe in Arrochar needs no telling that there is a lot of rock out there. Precious and Turbinal Nose are some of the best 7CsContinue reading “Dubh-Lic Boulders, Glen Croe”

Dumfries & Galloway bouldering update

Stewart Cable gives us the lowdown on recent developments around this quiet corner of Scotland… Something of an unknown even in the vague and murky world of Scottish bouldering, Dumfries & Galloway often goes through little spurts of popularity before fading back into obscurity for a few years. There are a few local climbers thatContinue reading “Dumfries & Galloway bouldering update”

Tom Riach access notes

The beloved “horizontal sport crag” of Tom Riach has recently had some issues related to access that visitors should be aware of. In December last year, red rope appeared blocking off the large gate entrance space, along with new signs saying CCTV was in operation. Mountaineering Scotland’s Access & Conservation Officer contacted the landowners forContinue reading “Tom Riach access notes”

Northwest sandstone update

The recent bouldering boom in the north of Scotland has mainly been focused on the rough gneisses of Strathnairn and the far Northwest. Development on the west coast sandstone between Applecross and Assynt seems to have taken a bit of a back seat. It’s understandable – fashions come and go and these areas have seenContinue reading “Northwest sandstone update”

Inverness area bouldering update 2020-21

Echoing much of the rest of the country, the Inverness area has seen a fair volume of traffic and development over the recent year. On the easing of the initial lockdown in 2020 climbers local to the Inverness scene emerged from their woodwork; fingerboards and home walls littering garages, lofts and living rooms. The geographicalContinue reading “Inverness area bouldering update 2020-21”