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So. I appreciate this is not an activity to be undertaken lightly and would therefore prefer to be around others. Am I near anyone else planning some climbing in that area or can anyone recommend a local destination where we're not too far from civilazation?
As a southerner I have no idea about climbing in the area, though I suspect you'll be able to find people closer to the time. Often people don't make plans until a week or two before and destinations can change at the last minute depending on the forecasts.
Welcome and I hope you find a good group of people!
At risk of sounding too obvious, indoor to outdoor is a big step up, and belaying on a top rope at a wall only imparts a small amount of the knowledge and skills you'd need to climb outside safely and independently. What sort of climbing are you intending to do? Have you done any scrambling outdoors? If not that's definitely a good starting point, gets you into the mountain environment and doesn't require much in the way of equipment.
Hi, yes, guess it's just a bit of scrambling around to bouldering at this visit. I come from a background in the arboricultural industry so no novice to ropes/safety etc However, I recognise that my daughter is a novice and that I am too in climbing with rope rather than on rope.
If nothing else, I see there is a good wall at Aviemore but it seems a shamne to drive 8 hours to end up indoors!
I don't have much local knowledge but perhaps you should consider hiring an instuctor for a day at a nice single pitch crag like Pass of Ballater...
Likely to be a great day in itself and I'm sure a day with an intructor would leave you confident enough to at least rig top ropes for yourselves. This would then allow you to do a bit of independant climbing over the rest of your week.
The guide Alan Halewood has a good reputation for this sort of thing (as do others)...
Don't do anything Robin Smith wouldn't do...
> If nothing else, I see there is a good wall at Aviemore but it seems a shamne to drive 8 hours to end up indoors!
I think the wall wall you are refering to in aviemore has closed down a while ago. but the sign & website still exsists
Used to be well bolted but had a feeling some bolts were removed.. good easy sports suitable for beginners I thought, locals will know better..
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