Scottish Bouldering Round-Up

Despite the weather breaking down somewhat into heavy showers typical of July now, some folk have managed to get out bouldering, with some cool NE winds in May and June providing better conditions for pebble-wrestling.

Jamie Murray showed Richie Betts and Mike Lee the 'Jamie' boulder near Farr in Inverness, which is a clean gneiss boulder revealed from the cleared forest with plenty of mid-grade lines on it. Mike climbed the Farr Side Facet (sit start) Font 7c.

On to Dave MacLeod - who after climbing Beatle Back (10m Font 7c traverse) added on Burning the Candle, a power 7b+. Not only that, he linked it into Tinderbox (7a) on the left, with a bat-hang rest and sloper sequence to join Beatleback. Not only that, but it starts at the far left of the main crag. About forty metres, all told, an 8c+ route or thereabouts... anyway, he's close to the link, but no cigar yet. See the UKC news item with video HERE.

Some of Dave's other new problems include: Spirit Crack Font 7b, Bear Trap Prow Font 8a+ & Frontal System Font 8a.

Russell Birkett visited Weem and added a couple of long pumpy traverses: Getting the Chop. Font 7a+**, Too Hard Too Far. Font 7a***. Also Magnus Johnson has been developing the mossy schist boulders near Kinlochleven.

For full details and photo's on this report - see for the full round-up.

Video introducing the new Scottish Bouldering Guidebook:

Thanks to John Watson and Greg Chapman for info on this bouldering round-up.

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