/ West Lothian Winter Crag
I solo ice climbed there in the cold snap two years ago.
didnt even know it existed.. what is it? old quarry? sink hole? the place you burn folk fae livi?
> didnt even know it existed.. what is it? old quarry? sink hole? the place you burn folk fae livi?
looks a good spot may check it out never new it existed also.
It has lots of micro routes and lots of nice cracks. It dries quickly and has limited top rope anchors. There are no stakes, @aug2012. It's under 10m. The rock is actually quiet clean, lots of jams.
In the 2010 winter when my school was shut I did a few days lovely ice bouldering, so was just wondering if any one had been there the last few days with this big freeze.
Please don't dry tool as it's a summer bouldering venue.
Next time I'm there I'll take and then post some photos.
Scott. I stay in Airdrie and have seen this place a million times from the motorway but never actually been up to it. Any pictures of the summer lines or what ice forms?
I have expored another old manky quarry a few miles away from this, ruled it out as a rock climbing venue mainly due to the total manky value and think it could have dry tooling potential. It is near my house so I know no one uses it for anything except fishing for condoms and needles and teens drinking.
I never knew there was climbable rock near 'Cruix! Hmmm, I will have to investigate this at some point.
Edit: OS map calls it "Foresthill Quarry (Disused)"
I might just have to pop up and have a look now, I was wondering if there was anything close to Shotts. Might have to let the snow and ice diminish first though, road bikes are not much cop in this weather.
Looks like you could at least get a couple of routes in there actually.
I spied out another quarry in Airdrie on the road to Cumbernauld out the back 2 years ago and I keep planning on going back and trying out some new routes. It is south facing and the rock looks nice and pretty clean actually. It didnt look like dolerite though.
The other filthy grotty quarry is out towards the same area as the other ones in this thread.
I couldnt see any lines which would give good clean rock climbing, mainly a big part due to being at the top of a big muddy overgrown slope. The rock itself didnt look very inspiring and a lot of loose crap would need kicked off but I think it could be good for tool practice.
Hmmm. The top few feet of choss and grass cornice don't look too good.
Below that, it looks like the crappy parts of Rosyth. No higher praise :-)
And that looks like the bad bits of 'Starry. The empty Buckie bottle is a nice touch, though.
> Below that, it looks like the crappy parts of Rosyth. No higher praise
It isn't Stanage I admit, but I am sure it could offer some evening fun a mile from my house :)
Indeed. Hence why it could be good for tool practice.
Airdrie innit? ;)
> It isn't Stanage I admit, but I am sure it could offer some evening fun a mile from my house :)
Is it high enough to be worth bolting with LOs below the chossiest layer?
I'm actually vaguely excited by this thread, my dad lives in Caldercruix, and I'll be moving there for a year in September (for an MSc). I'll definitely be up for a bit of extreme choss action!
Scott can you see this quarry from the M8 or is it something else I'm thinking of? Looking at Google and maps I don't think it's the one I see from the motoway north of the road and between Chapelhall and Harthill.
That is maybe the active quarry which is along from it. You can see that from the motorway.
Cheers, that'd be cool.
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