Creag Nan Clag (The Camel)

Climbs 13 – Rocktype Conglomerate – Altitude 250m a.s.l – Faces NE

Crag features
Lying at the Southwest end of Loch Duntelchaig this large crag has been "looked at" to death! Despite the development done over the years at the nearby and more amenable Ashie Fort nothing happened. The nature of the rock and the lack of available protection put off most people. The essence of this outstanding crag lies in its height and in the rock type which is a hard conglomerate. It has very few cracks and little scope for natural protection. Coupled with the risk of the occasional "popping" pebble it all adds upto possibly the most suitable crag for sport climbing in the entire country.Seepage is only occasional but run off from the top overhangs can sometimes be a problem. The crag does not get much sun and the gully can sometimes be a wind funnel but at least that helps keep the midges at bay! Not the worst crag for midges but worth having a hood handy in case the breeze drops.The routes are mainly 25 to 30 metres in length and a 60 m rope is to be recommended. All the routes have been equipped to a high standard and have in situ lower-offs.

By car, coming from the south, turn off the A9 onto the B851 Strathnairn road. Follow this for a few miles until the obvious crag of Brin Rock is passed to the right of the road. About a mile further on a small road turns off to the right signed to Loch Ruthven. Follow this for about 3 miles, leaving behind the excellent Loch Ruthven boulder, before the crag becomes obvious after rounding the shoulder of the hill below the lone windmill. Carry on downhill for a further mile until parking is reached at the roadside directly below the crag.

Access notes
Birds have nested at the left end of the crag in the past, beyond the main face (miles away from the action) Check with the MC of S for latest access details.

By car, coming from the south, turn off the A9 onto the B851 Strathnairn road. Follow this for a few miles until the obvious crag of Brin Rock is passed to the right of the road. About a mile further on a small road turns off to the right signed to Loch Ruthven. Follow this for about 3 miles, leaving behind the excellent Loch Ruthven boulder, before the crag becomes obvious after rounding the shoulder of the hill below the lone windmill. Carry on downhill for a further mile until parking is reached at the roadside directly below the crag.

Guidebooks
7aMax Scottish Sport - A Selected Guide (2012), Scottish Rock - South (2008), Highland Outcrops (1998)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
1Inverarnie Schwarzenegger7a **
2Stone of Destiny6c+ ***
3Paralysis by Analysis7a+ ***
4There's Sand in My Pants6c+ *
5The Final Straw7a **
6Eyeballs Out7b+ ***
7Giza Break7b+ *
8Death is a Gift7c+ ***
9Gift Link8a ***
10The Weakest Link7c *
11Ubuntu8a ***
12Two Humps Are Better Than One6b *
13Over the Hills and Farr Away7a+ *
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Bird nesting has been absent for at least the last three years.
sheppy - 14/Jul/13