As well as getting stuck into a serious amount of admin work Aspect Mountaineering has now moved all equipment into a secure storage facility.
Let the monumental task of logging equipment begin....
Andy, 30th September 2021 🙂
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I would like to apologise for the lack of social media posts! It has been a hectic season for me.
It is very difficult to balance being in the outdoors with the admin side of things and far to often I ignore the admin side of things in favour of being outside! 🙂
Normal service will resume very shortly, Andy 12th September 2021
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Its a rainy sort of day here in Glasgow today...
So it it seems appropriate to share some snaps from a recent family climbing session at Auchinstarry Quarry that went ahead avoiding the forecasted heavy rain. 🙂
The whole family completed climbs ranging from Difficult to Very Severe and finished the day with an abseil down the big slab just before the rain started again! 🙂
Amazing the difference an hour or so can make and a huge thank you to this family for being flexible! 🙂
Andy, 21st August 2021
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A few snaps from last nights Introduction to Bouldering at Windyhill Quarry.
This evenings challenge was to climb out of the mini cave from an old school move called backing and footing... 🙂
A fun evening with Aspect regular Kathy and Aspect newbie Trudy.
Andy, 19th August 2021
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It has been just over two weeks since my last post. It has been a busy time either out in the mountains of Scotland or working behind the scenes catching up with admin.
This afternoon I enjoyed delivering a rock climbing taster session for Gillian. We did some top-roped climbing to warm up. Followed by seconding a lead climber. 🙂
Its certainly cooler out, autumn is approaching and nice to have fellow TCA Staffer Ruaridh along to shadow, Andy 16th August 2021 🙂
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A throwback to one week ago. 🙂
This time a pleasant day at Cummingston Bay by the sea, enjoying some bouldering, climbing, general relaxing and a BBQ to finish the day!
Awesome to belay James Orpwood of James Orpwood Mountaineering as he completed a clean ascent of Green Crack VS 4c and his 1st VS 4c lead! 🙂
Happy days, Andy 29th July 2021 🙂
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Aspect Mountaineering has shadowing opportunities for those who are working towards Mountain Training Climbing Wall Instructor (CWI) or Rock Climbing Instructor (RCI). Based in and around the Central Belt of Scotland. The dates are as follows:
28th July 2021
3rd August 2021
11th August 2021
13th August 2021
18th August 2021
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Meg Currie Moodie
Making the most of the weather before its all change!
Savage Slit is a classic route, accessed from Coire an Lochain high in the Northern Corries of the Cairngorms.
The last time I climbed this route was nine years ago, it was blowing a hoolie and pouring with rain! What a contrast! Myself and James Orpwood of James Orpwood Mountaineering enjoyed sunshine, a cooling breeze and thanks to the aspect of Savage Slit we enjoyed a days climbing in the shade! 🙂
We descended Fiacaill Ridge after enjoying a gentle stroll along the cliff tops of the Northern Corries! 🙂
Another awesome day, Andy, 26th July 2021 🙂
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Andy are you doing ths with clients too? Not neccesary this one, but for example Tower Ridge etc?
Wow, what spectacular rock!!
Andy! I sent you a PM! Hope we can get a Munro in!
It has been an absolute scorcher of a weekend in the Pentlands for the second of my National Navigation Award Scheme training and assessment courses this year! 🙂
This time it was NNAS Bronze, covering the very basics of navigation. A course designed to lay the foundations of good navigation.
The group covered all aspects of hill safety from clothing & equipment to how to contact the emergency services. Maps and what are they? How to set a map using large land masses, linear features and the dreaded compass. How to find a six figure grid reference and to give a six figure grid reference. How to check direction of travel using linear features or the compass. The basics of relocation.
All in all, a very relaxed pace to the course, lots of sunshine, a cooling breeze, splendid views and all candidates passed! 🙂
Andy, 25th July 2021 🙂
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It was nice to be out this evening enjoying the sunshine and climbing, although, dare I say it? It might of been to hot to climb! 🙂
This evening I was out with Aspect newbies, Innes & Victoria, returning clients, Rachie Wojx & Claire and my long term coaching group Amy Zara, Emma Aitken & Kathryn Garrioch.
The entire group bonded well with lots of laughs and good craic all round! 🙂 Not to mention lots of climbing! 🙂
A warm up of Crack Corner & Intrusion Line both VD, followed by Willie's Route Severe, Punk Rock & Curving Crack HVS 5a and to finish Willie's Route variation E2. 🙂
Another strong performance from the team. 🙂 Andy, 21st July 2021
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Brilliant evening! Thank you much. Absolutely loved it and so happy with the awesome climbs 🙏
Rachie Wojx The twins are desperate to climb, that looks so much fun, me they have to pull me up the scrambling parts maybe I'm needing to do this 😂😂
Just got my phone fixed. Lol. It was a fab night. The girls were so encouraging, even when I was climbing like a baby elephant on skates . By the time I done the third the confidence was deffo building so I can't wait to come out again x
Today I had an absolute blast at the Quadrocks with this bunch of mini nutters! 🙂
Lots of climbing done, sweeties eaten and the parents got involved to! 🙂
Totally awesome day! Andy, 18th July 2021 🙂
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Great day, thanks Andy 👌
The last time I was in Glen Lyon was during the winter of 2019, I had one last Corbett in the area to do Beinn Dearg a short enjoyable wander. 🙂
It was nice to return to this Glen and complete the Glen Lyon 4 a circuit made up of Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg and Meall nan Aighean, four fine munros with spectacular views towards the Lawers to the south and the higher munros of the north.
It was an enjoyable day, with fine views, lots of sunshine and a cooling breeze along the tops bringing Helens munro count up to 36! 🙂
Andy, 17th July 2021
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It has been a fantastic week so far and it just keeps getting better! 🙂
Today I was back out with my long term coaching team at Blantyre Towers an unusual sport climbing venue.
The focus of this session was breaking down a route, working out sequences of movement, linking it together until the climb could be climbed clean.
Another super strong performance from the team! Andy, 16th July 2021 🙂
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Today I enjoyed a rest day and sunshine with Helen Laking at Craigmaddie, a small sandstone bouldering crag not far from Glasgow. 🙂
The climbing is very enjoyable, lots of small positive crimps and flakes on nice grippy rock. 🙂
A very pleasant afternoon until we got chased away by horseflies!
Andy, 15th July 2021 🙂
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Given the weather forecast for today, low cloud pretty much all day. I was not expecting much in the way of views, if any.
What can I say? Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete delivered some of the most dramatic views of the North Face I have ever seen! 🙂
We enjoyed a mixture of clear skies, rolling cloud, misty views and a welcome cooling breeze. 🙂
A huge pleasure to guide for Mary, Hugh & Christy today. Andy, 14th July 2021 🙂
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It was nice to team up with James Orpwood of James Orpwood Mountaineering and head off to the Applecross area in the northwest of Scotland to climb one of Scotland's classic routes Cioch Nose, Severe **** 🙂
We enjoyed a day of rolling cloud, misty views, sunshine, high humidity and a little exposure just to add to the atmosphere. And for the extra tick included the continuation scramble to the summit of Sgurr a' Choarachain, where we enjoyed fine views towards the Misty Isle. 🙂
Top suggestion James! 🙂 Thank you for the company, belays and good laughs. I cannot believe it has been almost ten years since I last did this route! 🙂
Andy, 13th July 2021
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Cracking route as is the sword.
Ben Starav is a fine munro that stands at the far western end of Glen Etive and offers fine views over Loch Etive and Glen Etive. 🙂
We enjoyed a day of mixed weather, rolling cloud, high humidity, the odd shower and a little mist over the tops every now and then just to add to the atmosphere.
The ladies did well setting a nice steady pace to the summit of Ben Starav and then taking on the rocky ridge in descent. 🙂
A really enjoyable day, with lots of banter and laughs. Andy, 12th July 2021. 🙂
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Was an amazing day. Thank u 😀
So far guiding on Ben Nevis this season has been very kind to me, I have enjoyed great weather with fantastic views. 🙂
This is a small collection of my favourite pictures taken from Ben Nevis so far this season.
More views like this please... Andy, 10th July 2021 🙂
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As always my annual trip to the Lake District has been awesome, we enjoyed sunshine and misty views with a little scrambling on some of the Lake District classics! 🙂
Looking forward to returning to Scotland and guiding in Glencoe this weekend. 🙂
More Lakes District pictures to be posted soon. Andy, 9th July 2021
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Back out with my long-term coaching team today Kathy, Amy & Emma and Caroline a newbie to Aspect Mountaineering. Limekilns was the crag of choice.
It was a wet start to the day so the focus was getting the team to rig their own climbs and make themselves safe whilst doing so. 🙂
The team rigged DT's, White Ensign & Red Flag all respectable routes going at VS 4c, although very wet. So I am going to add a grade and make it three climbs at HVS! 🙂
Another strong and determined effort from the team, even when it was raining! Andy, 4th July 2021 🙂
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