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:
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