VIDEO: Dumbarton Rock Clean-Upby Duncan Campbell - UKC May/2013
This news story has been read 6,827 times
Dumbarton is an important crag in UK climbing history, home to many pioneering ascents of hard routes, such as Dave Cuthbertson's Requiem (E8 6b), Dave Macleod's Rhapsody (E11 7a), and many hard boulder problems up to Font 8B+.
However, it is also an important meeting place for local 'neds' who leave litter in a variety of forms, including bottles, around the base of the crag and boulders, detracting from the experience of climbing there. In addition to this, the river Clyde often washes up fly-tipped waste onto the river banks.
After much of the graffiti was stripped from the rock by Historic Scotland, a steering group was set up between MCofS, Stone Country Press, Historic Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage, The Police, West Dunbartonshire Council and The Climbing Academy with the aim of improving Dumbarton as a climbing area through providing regular maintenance.
Here is a video showing the first clean-up of 2013 and why some of the volunteers think it is such a worthy cause and showcasing the crag's great bouldering circuit:
The Event was supported by: West Dunbartonshire Council, The Climbing Academy , Glasgow Climbing Centre , Stone Country , Force Ten and MCofS.
Tim Emmett and Slovenian climber Klemen Premrl have established a remarkable new line at Helmcken Falls in Canada, which the pair... Read more
Last year we totally surprised ourselves - we ran a footless comp and somehow it worked. It actually worked so well that we felt... Read more
A series of workshops focussing on ways to improve tourism around the renowned Glaswegian climbing hotspot Dumbarton... Read more
Hot Aches Productions premiered their latest film Redemption: The James Pearson Story at Kendal Mountain Festival on... Read more