/ West Lothian Winter Crag

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Scott_vzr on 12 Dec 2012
Has any West Lothian climbers been here lately ?

I solo ice climbed there in the cold snap two years ago.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/map/?x=-3.824&y=55.880&z=17&t=h
hexcentric - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to Scott_vzr:

didnt even know it existed.. what is it? old quarry? sink hole? the place you burn folk fae livi?
Palomino1hills - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to hexcentric:
> (In reply to Scott_vzr)
>
> 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.
Scott_vzr on 12 Dec 2012
Park at the verge, go through a gate and then very wet and muddy field edge into the horseshoe shaped quarry.

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.
Milesy - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to Scott_vzr:

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.
verygneiss - on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to Scott_vzr:

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)"
thebrookster on 12 Dec 2012
In reply to Scott_vzr:

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.
aldo56 - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Scott_vzr: Does anyone have any images of this place? Sounds interesting.
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
Also has anyone looked at this wee hillside crag close to Shotts?

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/627328
Mark Bull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:
> Also has anyone looked at this wee hillside crag close to Shotts?
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> http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/627328

Looks terrible. This looks slightly less awful, though: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1809904
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Mark Bull:

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.

http://atthebealach.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/dalmacoulter-quarry-03-07-2010.html

The other filthy grotty quarry is out towards the same area as the other ones in this thread.

http://atthebealach.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/springbank-quarry.html

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.
Mark Bull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:

> 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.
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> http://atthebealach.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/dalmacoulter-quarry-03-07-2010.html

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 :-)

> The other filthy grotty quarry is out towards the same area as the other ones in this thread.
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> http://atthebealach.blogspot.co.uk/2010/06/springbank-quarry.html

And that looks like the bad bits of 'Starry. The empty Buckie bottle is a nice touch, though.




Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Mark Bull:
> 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

It isn't Stanage I admit, but I am sure it could offer some evening fun a mile from my house :)

> And that looks like the bad bits of 'Starry. The

Indeed. Hence why it could be good for tool practice.

> empty Buckie bottle is a nice touch, though.

Airdrie innit? ;)
Mark Bull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:

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> 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?
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
Probably as I dont think there is much to belay from the top. There is a boundary wall quite close.
verygneiss - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:

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!
drmarten on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Scott_vzr:
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.
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to drmarten:

That is maybe the active quarry which is along from it. You can see that from the motorway.
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to verygneiss:

My local stomping ground is Auchinstarry Quarry which is only a 20 minute drive. Give me a bell msg once you are there and you can join me one night.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/crag.php?id=226
Mark Bull - on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to drmarten:


This one is clearly visible from the M8 (on the north side, about 1km west of Junction 5).
Milesy - on 13 Dec 2012
I have never been to this one but I know someone who has and they have knocked in some old scaffolding pipes for belays. No idea about the quality of the routes though.
drmarten on 13 Dec 2012
Thanks, that does look like the one I see.
Scott_vzr on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy: Not sure you can see the quarry from the Motorway as it faces NE and back toward Limerigg/Blackloch.
Scott_vzr on 13 Dec 2012
In reply to aldo56: Raymond or Alan Wallace a few years back posted something but could not find it. Not sure if it was no here or the old Scottish Climbs site. I did log the routes in the old Scottish Climbs site New Routes database which has gone now.
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verygneiss - on 14 Dec 2012
In reply to Milesy:

Cheers, that'd be cool.

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