Climbs 81
Rocktype Schist
Altitude 300m a.s.l
Faces SW

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Luath Stone Boulders © goggs

Crag features

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The Luath's Stone boulders occupy a prominent hilltop position on the upper slopes of Green Hill, above the village of Whitehouse, off the A944 Aberdeen - Alford road. There are dozens of schist boulders of all shapes and sizes lying amongst heather and grass. While many are too small for climbing, enough are large enough to have been worth developing, turning this area into the best inland bouldering venue in Northeast Scotland. Landings are close to perfect, and a bouldering mat, though still worthwhile, is not a pre-requisite. The outlook, with views west up the Don valley towards Alford, and across the hills to Lochnagar and Mount Keen, is particularly beautiful, and the west facing slopes catch the afternoon sun. While perhaps lacking enough hard problems to keep the dedicated boulder occupied for many visits, the number of additional small boulders, combined with easy descents from all problems and a short walk-in, makes this a superb family area. [Tom 8/04]

Approach notes

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Approach - Follow the A944 Aberdeen - Alford road until you reach the village of Whitehouse, some 4km east of Alford. Upon entering the village from the east, follow the road round a tight left-hand bend, and then turn right at a prominent wide entrance to a dirt track, and continue through a set of gateposts. From the west, the track is on the left shortly past the junction with the Keig/Insch road. Follow the track, taking the fork on the left (sign posted 'Back Avenue'), to a T-junction. Take the right fork, and follow it for 200 metres until an unobvious, rougher track leads up the hill on the left. This is just about passable to cars, and can be taken to its end at a holiday cottage and limited space to park - please be considerate. Alternatively, park at the bottom of this rough track and walk from here to the cottage. From the cottage, walk back to the right-angled bend, cross a style into a field and follow this uphill to another style/open gate, above which the boulders are obvious (5 minutes walk from the cottage to the first boulders, 10-15 minutes from the bottom of the rough track).

Access Advice

UPDATE 17/7/16 - the locals no longer appreciate you parking as described in the approach notes.  In order to maintain good relations, please park down at the junction with the A944 and walk from there.  It'll take an extra 15 mins or so.  Cars parked higher up the track have apparently been reported to the police as being on private property.

 

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Approach - Follow the A944 Aberdeen - Alford road until you reach the village of Whitehouse, some 4km east of Alford. Upon entering the village from the east, follow the road round a tight left-hand bend, and then turn right at a prominent wide entrance to a dirt track, and continue through a set of gateposts. From the west, the track is on the left shortly past the junction with the Keig/Insch road. Follow the track, taking the fork on the left (sign posted 'Back Avenue'), to a T-junction. Take the right fork, and follow it for 200 metres until an unobvious, rougher track leads up the hill on the left. This is just about passable to cars, and can be taken to its end at a holiday cottage and limited space to park - please be considerate. Alternatively, park at the bottom of this rough track and walk from here to the cottage. From the cottage, walk back to the right-angled bend, cross a style into a field and follow this uphill to another style/open gate, above which the boulders are obvious (5 minutes walk from the cottage to the first boulders, 10-15 minutes from the bottom of the rough track).

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Bumped into the landowner today, she was happy for people to go up to the boulders but concerned about access (we were parked at the foot of the rough track as suggested in NE Outcrops) for tractors etc. as it is a working farm. Perhaps better to park down at the main road and walk up?
Appleby - 31/Mar/14
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Wee Wall 1
2 Seamstress
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V0+ 9
3 Wee Wall Problem 2
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VB 5
4 Wee Wall Problem 3
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VB 5
5 Happy Little Erroks
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V0+ 12
6 Wee Wall Problem 5
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VB 3
7 Nature's Way
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VB 13
8 Buzzard's Way
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VB 11
9 Shuffle
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V0- 7
  Wee Wall 2
11 Jo's Traverse V3 12
12 Motion
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V0- 20
13 Wee Wall Problem 11
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VB 4b 14
14 1155 V1 5a 1
15 Sandys Crack
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VB 4a 23
16 Timing
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VB 4b 14
17 Retelus
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VB 4a 19
18 Heather Way
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VB 4a 10
19 Keirans Crack
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VB 4a 20
20 Kylies Crack
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VB 4a * 23
21 Kylies Backside
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VB 4a * 21
  Micro-Roof Boulder
23 Heel Hook Traverse V0 1
24 Heel Hook and Mantel V1 3
  forked lightning boulder
26 Scrape
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VB 3
27 Lightning Strike
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VB 3
  The Useless Boulder
29 Micropore V0 5a 6
30 Scupe VB 4a 4
31 Useless Arete V0 5a 4
Climb name Grade
  Arch Boulder
33 Archer
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VB 31
34 Archer SS
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V1 5c 1
35 Archbishop
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V0+ 38
36 Archangel
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V1 * 45
37 Archdeacon
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V1 * 41
38 Architect
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V4 * 23
39 Architect's Assistant V2 5c 4
40 Archenemy
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V3 17
41 Archenemy Right Arete Variation
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V0+ 5b 7
42 Archaic
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V1 12
  The Belly Flop Boulder
44 Beached Whale
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VB 5
  Broken Heart Boulder
46 Angelina's Crack
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VB 10
47 She Ripped Out My Heart And Left Me To Bleed
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V3 6
48 Lose A Friend To Save A Friendship
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V1 9
  Sherman
50 Slab Left Edge
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VB 36
51 Ossian
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V0 38
52 Dom's Slab
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V0 42
53 Taylor's Mantel
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V0+ 25
54 Slab Right Edge Sit Start
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V0 27
55 Scuttle
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V0+ 25
56 The Boar-Hound's Leash
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V3 ** 16
57 Traverse Link
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V4 *** 10
58 Tye's Mantel
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V1 12
59 Cuchullin Original
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V6 ** 6
60 Cuchuillin
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V5 5
61 Cuchullin Standing Start
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V0- 5a * 11
62 Fingal
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V3 18
Climb name Grade
  Musketeer's Canyon
64 Porthos
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V3 * 5
65 Athos
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V1 7
66 Aramis
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VB 6
  The Prow
68 Uncle Scoopy
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VB * 29
69 A Little Less Conversation
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V4 *** 10
70 North For A Day
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V6 ** 5
71 Pete's Problem
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V3 12
72 Jo's Arete Variation 1
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V0+ * 34
73 Jo's Arete Variation 2
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VB * 36
74 Jo's Arete Variation 3
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VB * 32
75 The Ladder
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VB 39
76 Dominic's Problem
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VB 24
77 The Seam
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VB 28
  The Mouse
79 Short Wall left of Welly Boot Offwidth
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VB 4b 19
80 The Rib forming the left edge of Welly Boot Offwidth
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VB 4c 19
81 Welly Boot Offwidth
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VB * 39
82 Five Days Till Heaven
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V2 ** 23
83 Double Click
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V1 * 7
84 Rungs
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V1 * 16
85 Slim Shady
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V2 * 17
86 Scroll
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V2 7
87 Broken Rib
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V1 ** 14
88 A Climb of Two Halves
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V0 29
89 The Mouse's Tail
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V0- 12
  Lone Boulder
91 The Lone Slab
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VB 8
92 Lonely Journey V0 5a * 2
  Lost Wall
94 Lost in Time
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V1 * 8
95 Lost in Space
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V3 3

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