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1 week ago
Aspect Mountaineering

After all the rain we have had recently it was nice to be back at a sunny Neilston Quarry today with Mick and Steven. 🙂

Both Mick and Steven wanted to gain some experience of rock climbing so they could start to tackle some of the more technical and challenging munros.

Rock climbing can be used to learn about movement on rock. What you can or cannot stand on. How to look at the rock, work out where the hand holds are and the line of the route. All essential skills for those wanting to progress from hillwalking to scrambling.

We looked at belaying safely, correct positioning of the hands and what makes a good belay position. Once the belaying was nailed, the Boys pretty much climbed every route at Neilston Quarry. 🙂

Today's haul of routes included, Pinkerton's Corner S, Corner Arete S, Kristeen's Crack VD*, Ally's Gash HS 4b, Dave's Mildly Moist Crack S, Willie's Route S*, Punk Rock HVS 5a* and Curving Crack HVS 5a*.

Good effort from both Mick and Steven. Looking forward to seeing them both take their climbing forward. 🙂

Andy, 13th September 2022.

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Was a brilliant day mate, thanks again 👍🏻 We will be hopefully be back out with you again in a few weeks 👌🏻

1 week ago
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I've been enjoying a busy spell recently, running rock climbing sessions, guiding walks within the mountains of Scotland and enjoying some personal time in the mountains. 🙂

Earlier in the season I was contacted with an unusual request from Tanya Scott-Adie. Tanya suffers with hyper-mobility in both shoulders. This means that when Tanya reaches above head height there is a serious risk one or both shoulders could dislocate.

I've spent a lot of time coaching rock climbing and its many techniques. The first thing we looked was belaying and keeping the shoulders down, not reaching to high and keeping the shoulders square so Tanya was always in a strong position whist belaying but not to much movement in the shoulders.

The next step was to get Tanya climbing without relying on reaching above head height. This involved focussing on footwork and the classic of rock climbing moves the "rock-over" or sometimes called "nose over toes". The slab area at Auchinstarry Quarry proved to be the perfect venue to put this in to practise.

With belaying technique sorted, tying in nailed and Tanya now comfortable with the "T-Rex" method of climbing. 🙂 (Keeping hands below shoulder height). It was fantastic to stand back and let Tanya along with good friend Janie enjoy the climbing at Auchinstarry Quarry has to enjoy! 🙂

Amazing to see such positivity and determination. 🙂 Andy 12th September 2022 🙂

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Well done Scottie! Xx

4 weeks ago
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A similar story to yesterday. Overnight it lashed it down with heavy rain, strong winds. There was a lull before it started again early morning. Things were not looking promising for the Beinn Dearg circuit.

We set off just after the heavy rain had blown through early morning and followed the River Lael towards the bealach between Beinn Dearg and Meall nan Ceapraichean. Progress was hampered by numerous river crossing, water was running off the hills in huge quantities.

We gained the bealach and ascended to Beinn Dearg. Here the same cold wind that was blowing yesterday. Greeted us again. A few phots and were off back down to the bealach. 🙂

A short lunch break at the bealach and we then continued to Cona'Mheal the second munro of the day. The cloud started to break up and the views got better. Although the same cold wind greeted us. 🙂 Another hasty retreat and we were off to Meall nan Ceapraichean.

We made the summit in good time. Passed over the munro top and then descended to the bealach with Eididh nan Clach Geala. On our descent we bumped into the guys we passed on our return from Sean Bhraigh yesterday. They looked tired, the overnight weather must have given them a beating at their wild camp spot.

We summited Eididh nan Clach Geala, the forth and final munro of this circuit. Enjoyed the views, and again descended in haste to escape the cold wind. 🙂

Another awesome day with returning clients Lynne D'Agostino and Carol Haddow! Thank you for booking with Aspect Mountaineering 🙂

Andy, 21st August 2022

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Another fab day on the hills, thanks again Andrew James Thorley on your guiding today, you were amazing, will defo be booking with you again xx

What can I say? Today with returning clients Lynne D'Agostino and Carol Haddow we were very lucky with the weather! 🙂

The forecast was for heavy rain early morning with very strong winds. A dry spell followed by heavy rain mid-afternoon with continued strong winds.

As it turned out, the heavy rain rolled through, very early morning. 🙂 Thank goodness! It woke me at 05.30am! And there was no heavy rain mid-afternoon. 🙂

We started the walk as planned from Inverlael near the Braemore Junction. Walking through the forest towards the stalkers track that would lead us to Seana Bhraigh. Possibly the remoteness munro of them all. 🙂

It was a pleasant wander, although we did get battered at times from the wind. At times it felt almost like winter winter was upon us. The wind was that cold! 🙂 Thankfully the spells of sunshine, warmed us up. 🙂

A perfectly clear summit with awesome views all round. 🙂 Unfortunately the cold wind, meant a quick lunch followed by photo's and a hasty retreat! 🙂

A much better than expected day! Andy, 20th August 2022 🙂

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Brilliant day thanks again Andy xx

That looks fab. Well done Carol, Lynne and Andy. Great photos

1 month ago
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Being flexible with your hillwalking options and understanding the weather forecast. Can have huge benefits.

Today the forecast was for heavy showers early morning followed a four hour gap of good weather before heavy rain and strong winds moved in mid afternoon.

My hill choice today was a Graham called Beinn a' Chearcaill. This fantastic hill has been on my radar for sometime. It offers some of the finest views of the famous Coire Mhic Fhearchair, The Triple Buttresses of Beinn Eighe and surrounding hills. But it is also characterised by its very bizarre flat summit strewn with boulders.

It turn out to be a good gamble, high enough to enjoy good views, yet sheltered from the strong winds across the munro tops and I missed the heavy rain that is now bouncing off my car windscreen. 🙂

A perfect four hour adventure and another Graham completed! Andy, 19th August 2022 🙂

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On the 13th August 2022, I was climbing at Auchinstarry with my client Lorna McGregor. 🙂

I was approached by a photographer called Fraser who was out taking photographs on behalf of the Scottish Mountaineering Club - Guidebooks. For the upcoming Lowland Outcrops guide book. 🙂

These pictures are of myself and Lorna on Scream. 🙂

Thanks for sharing Fraser, Andy 17th August 2022. 🙂
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Oh. I’ve. I had forgotten about this. Thanks Andrew 😁

Amazing 👌

Cracking photos

1 month ago
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It is always a good feeling to have returning clients. 🙂 Lorna from my previous session at Auchinstarry Quarry, had so much fun she decided to sign up for the following day at Rosyth Quarry 14th August 2022. With son James. 🙂

Another awesome session with loads of good routes bagged including, Legover Groove VD, Andy's Route VD, The Waullie HVS* 5b, C.N.D. S* and the classic Heathy VS 4c**. Even some abseiling to top-up the "buzz" factor! 🙂

Nice to catch up with Jimmy and son Chris, both trainee RCI's working hard towards assessment. Thanks for the photo's Jimmy!

Andy, 16th August 2022 🙂

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1 month ago
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A sunny Auchinstarry Quarry today with Lorna McGregor who wanted to experience rock climbing for the first time. 🙂

Lorna has been climbing previously at indoor climbing walls, so the first thing we did was run through some drills to take Lorna's belaying from bottom roped belaying to belaying for a lead climber. Lorna picked it up well. 🙂

We moved onto me leading climbs and Lorna then seconding them. Lorna was introduced to Wall Nuts first, then Offsets followed by Cam's. We went through how to rack gear once it was removed and how to use a nut key. 🙂

A very productive session with Lorna completing, Mister Ye Can Walk up Roon the Back S, Access Route D**, Scream S, Anarchist VD and Tar S. 🙂

An awesome session, Andy 13th August 2022 🙂

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Brilliant lorna well done xx

Well done you. You did amazing xx

Well done Lorna xx

Thanks girls. Bloody loved it. 😆xx

These are all fantastic pictures!

Coolest auntie I ever did huv 😂

Gon yerself lass 💪 x x

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1 month ago
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1st August 2022 and another cracking day in Torridon. 🙂 This time Slioch with returning clients Aileen and Maggy. 🙂

It was a pleasant wander, warm and sunny in the Glens. Cool on the tops with a chilly wind blowing. The views were splendid and the craic was on top form. 🙂

We encountered lots of the local wildlife. Many goats that did pose until the camera came out. We spent some time watching them play fight from the summit of Slioch. And a rare encounter with a newt. 🙂

Another top day! Andy, 12th August 2022 🙂

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Thanks again Andy for another great day in the hills 👍

Looks great. I'd like to book Ben Nevis with you. Kind regards Anne

1 month ago
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It's not all climbing here at Aspect Mountaineering! 🙂 We do guided munro walks too! 🙂

These pictures were taken on the 31st July 2022 during one of our open walking events on Liathach one of the Torridon Giants! 🙂 And what a cracker of a day it turned out to be! 🙂

We started from the roadside on the A896 and climbed steeply uphill to gain the bealach between two munro tops, here we stopped to take in the views that all of sudden came into view. 🙂

We continued towards Spidean a' Choire Leith passing over many a rocky step. With views that kept getting better and better. 🙂 Stopped for a snack break on the summit before continuing.

A steep descent now followed to gain a pleasant ridge that leads towards Mullach an Rathain the second munro. These section has many ups and downs with some very pleasant scrambling! 🙂

Upon reaching Mullach an Rathain, the views were simply splendid in all directions! 🙂 Torridon was certainly looking its best! 🙂

A huge thank you to all that attended and hopefully we'll see you all again! 🙂 Andy, 11th August 2022 🙂

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Looks amazing!

That's not how I remember it 😝😝😝😝🤣🤣🤣🤣😇

This looks amazing! 🗻

Love Torridon.

1 month ago
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Back out with the Likely Lads again today, Henry and Jamie. 🙂 This time at Auchinstarry Quarry. 🙂

Todays focus was to take the skills learned from yesterday and put it into practice. 🙂 We started off with a recap of yesterday's session and then straight into lead climbing. 🙂

Henry was first up with a lead of Access Route Diff. He had certainly taken onboard yesterday's learning point of taking gear as you find it. 🙂 Henry lead a good, well protected pitch. 🙂 Followed by building a good belay and safely bringing up Jamie. 🙂

Next up was Jamie and similar to Henry all of yesterday's key learning points were clearly taken onboard. 🙂 Jamie lead Anarchist VDiff, good gear all the way and a solid belay to bring up Henry. 🙂

We looked at self protected abseiling using a prusik and extending the belay device away from you with a sling. We set up a stacked abseil and then Likely Lads were off! 🙂

A top day with Henry and Jamie, lots of climbing and abseiling. Good discussions about how to improve their trad climbing going forward. Most importantly, helping and supporting each other as they learned new skills. 🙂

A proper sunny day at Auchinstarry Quarry, Andy 10th August 2022. 🙂

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1 month ago
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Neilston Quarry today with these two likely lads, Henry and Jamie. 🙂

This was day one, of a two day learn to lead trad course. Both Henry and Jamie are experienced indoor climbers and experienced sport climbers who want to expand their skill set. 🙂

Today we looked at seconding for a lead climber and all the skills that go with that. Belaying for a lead climber, position of the belayer in relation to the route being climbed. How to remove protection and rack it on your harness. 🙂

Later in the day we climbed in series and moved up to the next level. Still with the safety of the top-rope we went from me bringing up the second to the second climber bringing up the third climber. 🙂

This is a great way of showing the process of going from seconding for a lead climber to becoming a lead climber. 🙂

More to follow, Andy 9th August 2023

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1 month ago
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What can I say? The weather is going from one extreme to another! Dare I say it... It was almost to hot to climb today at Bennybeg! 🙂

Today I had the company of a family group Keith, Rachel, Chloe and two Aspect regulars Kathy and Colin both experienced climbers. 🙂

We enjoyed a very relaxed session, dashing from the crag to shade between climbs.! Keith, Rachel and Chloe all refreshed previous skills, tying in with a suitable knot, how to connect a belay device, and how to belay safely. 🙂

Kathy and Colin both got lots of climbing in as well. 🙂

Fantastic as always to see a group develop, bong and support each other! 🙂

Andy, 7th August 2022 🙂

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Many thanks. A good session brought to an end for me by a strangely behaving finger.

Lewis Findlay

1 month ago
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Neilston Quarry again today, with Scott. 🙂 Scott in the past has used guides to complete an ascent of the Inn Pinn, part of the Black Cuillin and the famous Tower Ridge on the North Face of Ben Nevis.

Todays focus was giving Scott an insight into how rock climbing works and becoming comfortable at seconding for a lead climber. 🙂

We looked at tying in with a suitable knot, an appropriate belay device and how to set it up correctly. Belaying for a lead climber. How to remove protection, rack it on your harness and how to use a nut key to assist with removing protection. 🙂

The session went well considering the weather was not exactly playing ball with a strong cold wind blowing and scattered showers. Scott soon picked up all the skills required to second for a lead climber and we made the most of having the crag to ourselves! 🙂

Another belter of a session! Andy, 6th August 2022 🙂

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Thanks Andy. A great day! Learned loads, had a laugh and appreciated the way you made it look so simple.🙄

2 months ago
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A super fun family session this afternoon at Neilston Quarry with Sophie and her two boys. Ruaridh and Finlay. 🙂

The session was slow to start, as we had to wait for things to dry out as a rain shower passed over just before we arrived.

It not take long for the boys to get used to climbing on real rock, and for Sophie to pick up belaying for the two boys. 🙂

As always, it is good to see a family group develop, support each other and most importantly complete loads of climbs! 🙂

An awesome afternoon, Andy 5th August 2022 🙂
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Had great fun Andy, thanks for having us!

Well done Soph-iee J Cr-ee 🥰

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