Climbs 50
Rocktype Dolerite
Altitude 108m a.s.l
Faces W

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Aggression.... Sean B in front of the lens for a change and trying very hard indeed on Chisel. © neil the weak

Crag features

Pleasant outlook; on a summers evening, dries much more quickly than closed quarry. Year-round climbing possible.
Several good E1s: those on "Contracts" buttress, plus Cross in Oz on buttress left of 'Cha'. Small scope for new routes, but topping out on unfrequented areas can involve loose rock on a structural scale.
Provides easier routes if you don't want to be scared by the harder routes in the closed quarry!
As with all the Central belt dolerite quarries there is often loose rock to be found here, particularly on the top-outs and even on well established routes. In addition there have also been several serious rock falls in the Easy Contract to Doobie Brothers area, the most recent being on March 2010 from the top of Ramplin'.
As of 10/10/10 there's been a serious rockfall from the top of Scrubbers.
Be careful folks.

Approach notes

Access and parking as for Cambusbarron main quarry.
On-line guide at
Access around the back of the main quarry at Cambusbarron. Abseil may be a good idea.

I've been told that signs have been put up here saying that climbing is banned. As far as I know you can still climb here and the signs are illegal. Carry on, but as usual, be good and don't do anything to piss anyone off. 

First visit here with a local club. General feel is a bit run-down and abandoned, but once you get in to the routes the climbing is pretty good. Lots of interesting fractures in the rock (plus some loose blocks! - be careful) make for interesting times. We were mainly top-roping so can't comment on gear placement etc. Great views from the top of the routes though. Definitely worthwhile.
drconline - 01/Oct/19
are there bolted routes here?
chriskane - 15/Sep/17
seanthomas_1 I climbed here a couple of times last season but only the severes. Other members of the Ochils Mountaineering Club climb here regularly. If you climb in the lower grades (upto VS4C) there is not much here but if you climb HVS + then you are spoiled for choice (my wife and friends who climb the higher grades assure me). There are some decent Sever and VS grades next door in Thorntons instead.
CyberTaff - 05/Jan/14
Has anyone been here more recently?
seanthomas_1 - 04/Dec/13
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Denpov - 14/Feb/11
There is a taxi rank outside Stirling train station that is also close to the bus station. Multiple taxi firms pick up from here and the quarry is a short ride away, ask to be taken to Quarry Road in Cambusbarron close to the Forester's Arms Pub. Taxi price 2011 is 4.50 to 6.00 approx.
Denpov - 14/Feb/11
Cambusbarron West/Fourth Quarry is an excellent, easily accessible, trad venue offering routes from Severe (Here Come the Mini-Monks or Ramplin') right up to E6 6c (Production Line). Its best to start 'ticking' from the left-side of the quarry as you enter it as the routes further round are dodgy looking and very loose. The well-used routes are excellent and encompass a wide range of styles, both individually and on the same routes. Some popular favourites are: Ramplin' - Severe Malky the Alky - E1 5b Cross-town Traffic - E1 5b Gobi Roof - E2 5c Arse on Stumps - E3 5c Chisel - E4 6a Looney Tunes - E5 6b (though in the guide as E4 6a) In summer the quarry is a perfect sun-trap and dries quickly after rain, as well as sporting an awesome view across to the hills in the north. The rock is Dolerite which shares similar characteristics to grit - with good crimps and slopers that sometimes only just exist, but of good quality, and climbs that sometimes rely on funky friction based moves to progress. You'll be pleased to hear there's not much in the way of ned acitivty, which is rare in this area - just watch out for the broken Buckie bottles that are littered just about everywhere though. Have fun!
dodfoster - 16/May/05
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Ninety-Five E1 5b 200
2 Scales of Injustice 7b+ * 8
3 Production Line E6 6c 4
4 Scrubbers E1 5b 7
5 Climb on you Crazy Diamond E3 5c 2
6 Bird's Nest Crack VS 5a 42
7 One for the Buzzards HVS 5a 12
8 Cross in Oz E1 5b ** 196
9 Cross-town Traffic E1 5b ** 116
10 Arse on Stumps E3 5c * 13
11 Cha S 4a * 125
12 Looney Tunes E4 6a * 10
13 Wind Up VS 5a 14
14 Yoshimi E1 5b * 13
15 Force 8 E1 5b * 101
16 Pipistrelle HVS 5a * 135
17 Unnamed 6c ** 40
Climb name Grade
18 Miss Po E2 5c 8
19 Public Spirited Individual E4 6a ** 43
20 Optimist's Chimney VS 4c 18
21 Chisel E4 6a *** 127
22 Gobi Roof E2 5c *** 383
23 Ramplin' S 233
24 Here Come The Mini-Monks S 4c 222
25 Frustration E2 6a 18
26 Kansas City Shuffle E3 5c ** 22
27 Not Easy Contract E1 5b ** 720
28 Easy Contract HVS 5b ** 628
29 Bo's Girdle E2 5b 9
30 Slot Shot E3 5c 138
31 Crack Attack E3 6a 104
32 Slot Shot RH Finish E3 5c * 6
33 Chime E2 5b * 68
34 Another One Bites the Dust E1 5b 272
Climb name Grade
35 Still Better than Peak VS 4c 71
36 Another Malky E1 5b * 18
37 Malky the Alky E1 5b * 512
38 The Doobie Brothers E1 5b ** 531
39 Toddle S 54
40 Thank God For Friends
HVS 5b 7
41 Smack My Birch Up
VS 5a 9
42 Decidedly Dodgy HVS 5a * 22
43 Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantomes E3 5c ** 12
44 Buttons
HVS 5b 4
45 Scaresville E3 5c ** 7
46 Confessions of a Speed Freak E1 5b 6
47 The Rock of Crack E2 5c 2
48 Sticky Willows E2 5c 2
49 Dark Side of the Spoon E2 5c * 1

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