Climbs 96
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 63m a.s.l
Faces S

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Usual grotty quarry bollox :). © Fiend

Crag features

Well used local bouldering / training venue. A bit like Stoney's Minus10 wall but with better problems. Low level traverse is a neo-classic. Can be hot and midgy in summer, but can be used year round if the sun creeps in. [Jon Read]

Online guide @ http://www.scottishclimbs.com/wiki/Wolfcrag_Quarry

Approach notes

Just in the woods behind Bridge of Allan. No access problems.

Guidebooks

Very dusty at the moment due to graffiti removal for Outlander filming. Make sure you take a towel or something else to rub / whack away any large portions of dust. Be wary of ledges and pockets that could have dust in/on them as big risk of slipping right off.
dillanm - 23/Apr/19
There are quite a few videos online that are worth googling that show the eliminates / beta.
Burnsie - 06/Sep/16
If it's so eliminate that it's not clear what holds are in or out, it's just a personalised challenge or training sequence - once you start listing arbitrary challenges as named problems where do you stop? You know how hard it feels - make up your own grade :)
Andy Moles - 30/Nov/13
Agree about the eliminate nature of the harder problems. I've worked problems here and found I was using the wrong holds which is frustrating but symptomatic of manufactured crags like this - plus side is that its all good training :) I am trying to find time to do a Minus Ten/Pinches Wall (see Rupert Davies Peak Bouldering guides) style topo. Basically I will post some photos on UKC with all handholds/most footholds marked - then open the floor for debate on what holds you use for which problems. Once there is consensus, amend the descriptions to include the 'recipe' of holds used for the stated grade - intention is to do this for all the problems V4/6B upwards that are eliminate in nature. Not even entering the grade debate, I'm a shortarse and for example LH crack for me is hard due to reach - same old story :)
pebblespanker - 06/Oct/12
I was moderator's predecessor and at time the information in the database was taken from the SCWiki and then updated when Bouldering in Scotland was released. The problems not covered in BoS remained at the V grade. Having climbed at Wolfcrag alot, there was a notable change in my logbook when the moderator changed the remaining V grades to font grades a few months ago. So where is the justification for the grades in the database? Moderator's opinion, has there been new guide, or even general consesus, otherwise the answer is to describe the originally published / accepted problem in greater detail, adding another problem(s) with the grade to reflect the alternative version(s).
GrahamJ - 11/Sep/12
GrahamJ, I don't think this is the place for specific grade disputes, but since you raise it as an example Left Hand Crack illustrates my point nicely. It is probably best climbed as an eliminate problem, using holds in the crack only and reaching to the right (higher) side of the crack. This is probably easy Font 6a from standing (and with a sit start maybe hard Font 6a). A less eliminate version, reaching left at the top, allows an easier (and inferior) sequence and is perhaps Font 5. (The true non-eliminate problem is simply a jump from the ground without using the crack at all: a rubbish Font 3?). Which problem appears in the database? The grade is given as Font 6a, but at present there is a single submitted photo of the problem in which the climber is shown apparently doing the Font 5 version. What is the solution? Re-grade the climb for the easier/easiest version (and lose the better problem)? Describe the climb in greater detail, adding another problem with a lower grade to reflect the easier version(s)? Reject the photo? Rename the photo? Getting everything right becomes impossible, and I donít envy the moderator (who I donít know) his task. There will always be grade disputes (and there are plenty of grades in the current UKC guide for Wolfcrag which I might question), but I thought it worth stressing that a high proportion of the harder graded problems at Wolfcrag are eliminate in one way or another, that this is not always clear from the descriptions, and that confusion might be the result. The best solution is, of course, not to take the grades too seriously.
Wicamoi - 17/Jul/12
Got your e-mail, conversion on the low v grades to font is notoriously iffy even with the chart (which I am well aware of). The voting system is there so people can have there say on grade, not many people voting for downgrades on the problems you mentioned.....if I adjusted grades on things every time someone e-mailed me it would be a full time job with the grades constantly changing. So I don't.....
punkpunk - 08/Jun/12
Left Hand Crack at 6a? even from a sitter and holds in the crack only, it doesn't come close.
GrahamJ - 08/Jun/12
Wicamoi; Sorry but most of the easier problems here have been incorrectly put in the database. Explain how the holds on Classic Dyno Two Handed and Low Dyno could be confused, then explain how they get same grade? Moderator, get it sorted, I sent you email last month on this.
GrahamJ - 08/Jun/12
If the boulder problems seem stupidly easy for the grade given, it's probably because many of them are eliminate and you have used an 'illegal' hold.
Wicamoi - 02/Jun/12
Great Bouldering. Topo is available for free at http://wiki.scottishclimbs.com/wiki/Wolfcrag_Quarry
andyb.com - 10/Sep/06
The route to the right of the traverse is a bit tricky for small people like myself - I had to get a punty up to the first hold, plus you have to start off with your right foot and I'm left footed. All I'm saying is, if you're small fat chance in climbing it; if you're left footed, harder to climb it. [We can't remember if Jerry Moffatt ever used this excuse - UKC Ed.]
David Lee Baird - 09/Oct/02
Probably the best central belt bouldering outside Dumbie. Excellent in early season, dries quickly, sheltered from the wind and sunny aspect. JR\'s comments about neds misplaced - pretty harmless really as Bridge of Allan is very much leafy Mercedes Belt. Neds at Dumbie and Auchistarry are at least a couple of grades harder.
GFoz - 13/Mar/02
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  The Pillar
2 The Arete
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f4+ ** 115
3 Jason's Arete/Hard Arete f6C * 35
4 Wolf Wall/Face f5 * 78
5 Corner Arete f3+ * 94
6 Corner f5+ 65
7 No Hold/Corner Eliminate f6A 38
8 Second Arete VD 7
9 Limbo f5 18
  Sector 2/block land
11 Blockland Traverse f5 ** 37
12 Problem 9 f5+ 7
13 Blocky Overhang f5 33
14 Painted Corner Low f6A+ 36
15 Painted Corner High f5+ 21
16 Slabby Arete f4 35
17 Right Slab f4+ 29
18 Slab Slap f5+ 28
19 Funky Munky f6B+ 26
20 Funky Munky (with feet) f6A * 58
21 Small Overhang f3+ 55
22 The Runnel f4+ * 48
23 The Corner f3 52
  Large Block
25 End of the Beginning f6B+ * 28
26 End Of The Beginning (Stand) f6A+ 39
27 Dave's Traverse f6A+ 31
28 Sloping Traverse f5+ * 63
29 Sloping Traverse SS f6A+ ** 85
30 Block Traverse f5+ * 48
31 In Trance as Mission VS 4c * 7
32 Left Hand Crack f6A ** 134
33 Low Dyno f5+ * 34
34 Tim's Dyno f6B+ ** 14
Climb name Grade
35 Classic Dyno f5 ** 163
36 Classic Dyno (two handed)
-
f5+ 96
37 Wall f5+ 37
38 Jammed Block f6B * 60
39 Jammed Block Variation f6C+ 21
40 Jammed Block Full Eliminate f6C+ ** 1
41 Molly's Bike f4 *** 3
42 Outsider Crack f3 223
43 The Outsider E2 5c 4
44 Up On The Catwalk E2 6a 1
  Main Face Left
46 Break Traverse f6A ** 27
47 Low Traverse f7A ** 59
48 Sidepull f6C+ * 35
49 Sidepull SS f7A ** 9
50 Sidepull SS (with RH hold) f6C 13
51 Hard Dyno/Wolfie f6B+ ** 57
52 Hard Dyno SS f7A 14
53 Left Diagonal SS f7A+ * 11
54 Left Diagonal/Pockets 1 f6A * 57
55 Diagonal f6B * 36
56 Pockets 2 f5 * 47
57 Monkey Puzzle E5 6c * 2
58 The Shield f6C * 43
59 Pockets 3 f5 69
60 Leonardo Half Height f6A+ ** 16
61 Leonardo E2 5c ** 32
62 Leonardo Eliminate f6B+ ** 8
63 The Crack/Tribal Look f5 ** 193
64 Low Pocket f6C 6b 8
65 Tribal Look E4 6a * 8
66 The Pod f6B+ * 39
67 The Pod (Right Pocket) f6C+ 16
68 Pod Dyno f6B ** 34
Climb name Grade
69 Pod Central f5+ 97
70 Pod Central SS f5+ * 25
71 Pod Right f4+ ** 76
72 Layaways f7A * 19
73 Layaways into Edges f6C+ * 9
74 Peg Crack / Lock It / Pod Crack f6A+ * 69
75 Edges f6C+ * 18
76 Lock it E4 6a ** 5
77 Pod Right SS f5+ * 23
  Main face right
79 Experiments in Incest/Chimp Head f6B *** 123
80 Oval Pocket f6C * 7
81 Left Wall f6B *** 67
82 Mono Eliminate f6B 6
83 Long Reach f6A 8
84 Right Wall f6A ** 41
85 Right Wall Arête V1 * 6
86 Tendonitis f6B+ 21
87 Slab f4 27
88 Slab Eliminate f6A+ 9
  ian's wa'
90 Iain's Wall Traverse f6A+ ** 18
91 Iain's Wall Left Hand/Undercut Wall f6A+ 25
92 Ian's Wa/Standing Break/The Wall f5+ ** 58
93 Ian's Wa' (full route) E1 5c ** 20
94 One Man Rock and Roll Band E4 6c 1
95 Mentalshelf f6C+ * 1
96 Waterfront f6A+ 6
97 Waterfront (full route) E2 6a * 6
98 Kalahari E1 5a 1
99 Greegsy's Wall Traverse f5+ 15
100 Greegsy's Wall f6A+ 20
101 The Greeg f6B+ * 3
102 Greeg Arete f4+ * 1

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