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3 days ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Since I started my business, I have been contacted by numerous trainee instructors at various different levels within their professional development requesting shadowing opportunities or seeking refresher days prior to going for assessment.

I must say I feel very honoured that so many trainees get in touch and to be able to offer them hands on shadowing experience. I know 1st hand how difficult this process can be especially post COVID.

During my recent RCDI training I happened to mention this to Alan Halewood, who in turn then offered me the opportunity to shadow him delivering a Climbing Wall Instructor course on the 12th May 2022. I will have to admit I was taken back, but it proved to be a very valuable experience with a lot to consider taking things further forward in the future.

A huge thanks to Big Al for the experience! Andy, 23rd May 2022 πŸ™‚

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3 days ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Day two of RCDI training course, 10th May 2022 with Alan Halewood.

The focus was introducing novice climbers/indoor climbers to rock climbing. Giving novice climbers the skills to become a competent second for a lead climber and setting a good example as the coach/instructor.

It was a pretty grim day with strong winds, spells of heavy rain and the odd spell of sunshine to lure you into thinking it may turn out to be an ok day weather wise.

Lots to think about, especially the fine tuning of coaching the skills required for a novice to take their climbing forward. πŸ™‚

Another epic day with Big Al. Andy, 22nd May 2022 πŸ™‚
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#cpd
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#neilstonquarry
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4 days ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Please accept my apologies for the lack of post's, a certain numpty forgot to take his laptop with him. πŸ˜‰

As some of you that follow my page maybe aware, I constantly attend CPD courses (continued professional development) to keep qualifications up to date and not only that I constantly seek to develop my professional qualifications.

9th May 2022, I finally got to attend the 1st day of the Rock Climbing Development Instructor course a course that I wanted to attend over two years ago now, but a certain thing got in the way.

The course was hosted by Alan Halewood of Climb When You're Ready. The 1st day of the course focussed on personnel climbing at a rather windy, showery and cold day at Traprain Law, a crag just south of Edinburgh and not far from Haddington.

All went well, a good start to the course, with lots to take onboard and very much looking forward to the following days. Andy, 21st May 2022. πŸ™‚
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It has been a while since I last visited Rosyth Quarry, it may not be the number one destination in the Central Belt region of Scotland, but it does host some good routes. πŸ™‚

On the 8th May 2022 I popped over to Rosyth with Kathy & Rachie both members of my long-term coaching group. We climbed numerous routes from Diff to HVS. πŸ™‚

The climbing was good, the weather played ball and we even got treated to some late afternoon sunshine. Andy, 16th May 2022 πŸ™‚

#rosythquarry
#rosyth
#rockclimbing
#climbing
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

Dates for Rosyth Quarry are now live on the website www.aspectmountaineering.com πŸ™‚
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Back to Neilston Quarry, with Aspect regular Mary, 7th May 2022. πŸ™‚

It was quick evening blast to avoid the forecasted showers. We climbed most routes, finishing the evening off with an ascent of the crag classic Willie's Route.

Nice to meet up with Mary and share an evening of climbing with good banter! Andy, 15th May 2022 πŸ™‚

#neilstonquarry
#neilston
#glasgow
#rockclimbing
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More climbing dates have just been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com including the famous Polldubh Crags in Glen Nevis and Black Rock, Arisaig possibly the most scenic sport climbing crag in Scotland! πŸ™‚
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2 weeks ago
Aspect Mountaineering

3rd May 2022, with this wonderful group of ladies from the US that wanted to try something different.

We made an ascent of Schiehallion a stand alone munro that sits just on the edge of the Lawers Range and is known as the "Hill of Fairies. πŸ™‚

No fairies or views sighted, but there was plenty of good banter and laughs on the way. πŸ™‚

Andy, 14th May 2022 πŸ™‚

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2 weeks ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Stac Liath is a sport climbing crag just south of Craignure on the Isle of Mull and it has been on my radar for sometime now. πŸ™‚

The rain the previous day stopped earlier than forecast and thankfully we were treated to a drying breeze with spells of warming sunshine.

The rock was dry, but the lichen was spongey due to absorbing the previous days rain. For myself clean leads on The Saving Light f5, Let there be Light f5*, Man the Lifeboats f6a, Women and Children First f6a+** and Breeches Buoy f6b**. All really enjoyable routes. πŸ™‚

For Kathy & Rachie members of my long-term coaching group the previous routes completed on bottom rope. πŸ™‚

Good climbing, good company and sunshine with a pleasant outlook. Perfect, Andy 11th May 2022 πŸ™‚

#sportclimbing
#scottishsportclimbing
#climbing
#isleofmull
#craignure
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More dates have been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com including Rosyth Quarry. Email aspect-mountaineering@outlook.com or +44 7969 847338for further information. πŸ™‚
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2 weeks ago
Aspect Mountaineering

So far this season I have been very lucky and avoided any adverse weather, but as always this cannot last...

Day 2 on Mull 30th April 2022, was a return to typically Scottish conditions. The day started promising but rapidly changed with height gain and a serious change in weather conditions.

Beinn Fhada maybe dismissed as "only a Graham", but believe me with gale force winds and heavy rain this was hard fought summit to bag.

Rachie showed great determination to stick with it and gain the summit, swiftly followed by a hasty retreat to safety.

A day of being soaked to the pants! Andy, 10th May 2022 πŸ™‚
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Hope you moderated your language Rachie

3 weeks ago
Aspect Mountaineering

It feels like an age since I was last in the mountains of Scotland and the 29th April 2022 did not disappoint. πŸ™‚

I spent the night in Oban, boarded the 1st ferry to Craignure, swiftly drove round to Loch na Keal and made an ascent of Ben More a stand along munro on the Isle of Mull. πŸ™‚

The conditions were perfect, the views were amazing and the scramble from Ben More to A' Chioch was the perfect way to extend my day and make the most of such a fabulous mountain range. πŸ™‚

A total contrast to the last time I visited Mull, I enjoyed a beautifully clear ferry crossing whilst watching the whole island turn white with snow. When I arrived the island was under 50cm of snow! And then had to wait two days for the snow to melt before being able to go anywhere! πŸ™‚

Looking forward to more days like this, Andy 4th May 2022. πŸ™‚

#Mull
#benmore
#munrobagging
#munros
#oban
#scotland
#scotlandexplore
#aspectmountaineering

More dates have been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com including the Cluainie Southside, Five Sisters of Kintail and the Fannaichs! Email aspect-mountaineering@outlook.com or +44 7969 847338 for further information. πŸ™‚
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4 weeks ago
Aspect Mountaineering

A very quick Afternoon climbing session 24th April at Neilston Quarry with Rachie Wojx. πŸ™‚

It was a sunny but chilly Sunday afternoon, we got plenty of routes done on what turned out to be a very busy afternoon at Neilston Quarry.

Thanks for the belays, Andy 28th April 2022. πŸ™‚

#climbing
#rockclimbing
#neilstonquarry
#neilston
#glasgow
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

Due to popular demand, more evening climbing sessions have just been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com email aspect-mountaineering.com or +44 7969 847338 for more details. πŸ™‚
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4 weeks ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Offt! Another belter of a session, 23rd April 2022 I spent the day with the Scottish Women's Walking Group at Auchinstarry Quarry. πŸ™‚

Possibly or close to the biggest bunch of nutters I have ever worked with. An all female group of differing ages and abilities. But don't be fooled these ladies gave it there all! πŸ™‚

A day of sunshine, filled with laughter, tears at times, some choice language and total & utter 100% commitment & positivity! πŸ™‚

It was a pleasure to be joined by Ruaridh Hopkins, who shadowed my sessions last year in the build up to his successful RCI assessment and supervised the abseil session for Aspect Mountaineering. πŸ™‚

Not forgetting Meg and Cameron that came a long to shadow this session. Both RCI trainees that gave it there all. πŸ™‚ I wish them both the best of luck with assessment. πŸ™‚

What can I say? Another fantastic day, lots of sunshine, climbing and abseiling. Andy 26th April 2022

#climbing
#rockclimbing
#abseiling
#auchinstarryquarry
#kilsyth
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More and more dates are being added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com or simply drop us an email aspect-mountaineering@outlook.com or +44 7969 847338 for availability. πŸ™‚
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Big thanks to Andy and his team for an amazing day. What he didn’t mention was that the “tears” were his!! πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

Huge thanks to Andy and his team for a thoroughly enjoyable day…… bring on the Forcan Ridge ( bet you’re dreading it now😬😬😬) 🀣🀣

Well done ladies πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

1 month ago
Aspect Mountaineering

18th April 2022 and back to Bennybeg with Orla and Kathy on what turned out to be another fantastic spring day. πŸ™‚

Orla was a member of the TCA youth squad and is now a junior coach with the TCA, Kathy is a member of my long-term coaching group.

It was great to get Kathy and Orla together, they both share a common fear. The fear of heights. Hard to believe considering they both enjoy climbing. πŸ™‚

Orla quickly picked up leading sport routes, threading lower off's and Kathy very quickly became comfortable seconding for Orla, including the harder routes that has always proved to be a step to far for Kathy. πŸ™‚

Another awesome day with plenty of sunshine, Andy 24th April 2022 πŸ™‚

#climbing
#sportclimbing
#scottishsportclimbing
#bennybeg
#crieff
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More climbing dates have been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com, including evening sessions. More dates to follow, for further information email aspect-mountaineering@outlook.com or +44 7969 847338 πŸ™‚
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1 month ago
Aspect Mountaineering

More beautiful spring weather and this time a family climbing session at Auchinstarry Quarry. πŸ™‚

16th April, Aspect Mountaineering was joined by three family groups that wanted to experience rock climbing outside as a family.

All three family groups got the chance to climb, belay for each other, climb with and belay for other families and enjoyed a picnic together in the sunshine. πŸ™‚

Another fantastic day, spent with awesome families, Andy 22nd April 2022. πŸ™‚

#rockclimbing
#climbing
#auchinstarry
#kilsyth
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More climbing dates have been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com or email aspect-mountaineering@outlook.com/Whatsapp 07969847338 for further information. πŸ™‚
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This was such an amazing opportunity to introduce the kids to outdoor rock climbing - thank you so much for organising and making it fun and just the *right* amount of challenging!

1 month ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Another day at Bennybeg, 15th April 2022 enjoying the best of the spring weather this time with Vicky Gorn and son Robbie. πŸ™‚

Robbie is a confident indoor lead climber and is part of the Scottish Dry Tooling Club as well and recently took part in the dry tooling event held at the Glasgow Climbing Centre.

This was Robbie's first time climbing on real rock outside, we top-roped some climbs so Robbie could get a feel for the rock before preplacing quickdraws and screw-gates at the lower off's. Now it was time for Robbie to lead his 1st outdoor sport routes, which he did very confidently. πŸ™‚

A short lunch break followed by showing Robbie how to thread the lower off's, was followed by lots of practice. Then it was time to get on and put all those skills into practice. πŸ™‚

A fantastic day, and a joy to watch Robbie's climbing develop, Andy 22nd April 2022 πŸ™‚

#climbing
#sportclimbing
#bennybeg
#crieff
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More dates for rock climbing have been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com with more to follow! For further information drop us an email at aspect-mountaineering@outlook.com or Whatsapp! πŸ™‚
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1 month ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Last weekend 9th-10th April was the first time Aspect Mountaineering has used Kirrie Hill for Introductory Sport Climbing sessions and what a beautiful weekend we picked. πŸ™‚

The conditions were just right, dry rock, sunshine in abundance, although chilly when the odd cloud passed and the weekend was spent with good company. πŸ™‚

Lots of routes climbed, fears conquered, tears at times and lots of laughter. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend. πŸ™‚

A huge well done to Aspect newbies Patricia, Allen and Colin. πŸ™‚ As always fantastic to have Aspect regulars Kathy and Rachie along for the fun. πŸ™‚

Looking forward to the next trip to Kirrie Hill, Andy 18th April 2022.

#kirriehill
#kirriemuir
#sportclimbing
#scottishsportclimbing
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More Kirrie Hill dates have just been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com including a day for youngster's! πŸ™‚
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A fun day out. Many thanks Andy.

1 month ago
Aspect Mountaineering

A little earlier this month, 8th April I spent the day with these nutter's at Bennybeg. Who wanted to experience rock climbing and abseiling. πŸ™‚

All members of the group had previous experience of scrambling, this was the 1st time they had experienced climbing and abseiling.

It was a relaxed day with lots of laughter and stupidity. πŸ™‚ Feeling cooler than previous trips but warm when the sun was shining. πŸ™‚

Looking forward to more days like this, Andy 17th April 2022 πŸ™‚

#climbing
#sport
#sportclimbing
#bennybeg
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

More dates have just been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com more to come or simply email aspect-mountaineering@outlook.com or drop a Whatsapp to 07969847338 πŸ™‚
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We had the best day ever Andrew. Thanks for the tips and the laughs and all your hard work. We will be back (sorry πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚).

We had such a great time Andrew and can't wait to our next challenge. πŸ˜‰

Best day ever Andy! And as Lynne says..... "We'll be back!" 🀣πŸ₯°πŸ˜‚

Brilliant... well done ladies πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

2 months ago
Aspect Mountaineering

More 1st's today for Fergus, a new crag Limekilns over by Charlestown and more learning new skills.

Today Fergus learnt how to rig his own climbs, we looked at improving his belaying skills and played the "place the gear game". πŸ™‚

Swiftly followed by lots of climbing on routes Fergus rigged. White Ensign VS 4c**, D-Day HVS 5a*, Forbidden Colours HVS 5a**, Sunsetter HVS 5a*, Grasp the Nettle E3 5b* and possibly a new route starting up Edge of Fear E3 5c but rather than moving around the arete Fergus cruised directly up keeping left of the arete. πŸ™‚

A chilly day, the odd shower and very windy at times. Totally awesome to witness such a young talented, modest climber take it all in his stride. Andy, 4th April 2022 πŸ™‚

#climbing
#limekilns
#charlestown
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

We still have availability over the Easter break, check out the website www.aspectmountaineering.com or drop us a message. More dates to be added to the website soon. πŸ™‚
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Nice one! Lots of good climbing there, though grasping the nettle is an E2 and the direct version of Edge of fear is called Muffintop Blues which gets E3 5c like the standard version! 😊

2 months ago
Aspect Mountaineering

1st visit to Bennybeg this season and a 1st for Fergus who I was climbing with today. πŸ™‚

Fergus is a very experienced indoor boulderer, he was a member of the Youth Climbing Squad at TCA for many years and now a junior coach at TCA.

This was the 1st time Fergus had lead his own sport routes, we started off with learning how to thread the lower off's at the base of the crag, using a Petzl Connect Adjust for safety. Followed by another 1st, learning how to use a Gri Gri.

After 30 minutes of practice it was time to get climbing. πŸ™‚ Fergus pretty much smashed out every route at the crag from F5a to F6a+ on-sight just in time to avoid the rain. πŸ™‚

A super day and fantastic to be part of such a talented climbers development, Andy 3rd April 2022. πŸ™‚

#climbing
#sportclimbing
#scottishsportclimbing
#bennybeg
#crieff
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

Aspect Mountaineering still has availability over the Easter break, check the website www.aspectmountaineering.com, more dates for summer to be added soon. πŸ™‚
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1st visit to Bennybeg this season and a 1st for Fergus who I was climbing with today. :-)

Fergus is a very experienced indoor boulderer, he was a member of the Youth Climbing Squad at TCA for many years and now a junior coach at TCA.

This was the 1st time Fergus had lead his own sport routes, we started off with learning how to thread the lower offs at the base of the crag, using a Petzl Connect Adjust for safety. Followed by another 1st, learning how to use a Gri Gri.

After 30 minutes of practice it was time to get climbing. :-) Fergus pretty much smashed out every route at the crag from F5a to F6a+ on-sight just in time to avoid the rain. :-) 

A super day and fantastic to be part of such a talented climbers development, Andy 3rd April 2022. :-)

#climbing
#sportclimbing
#scottishsportclimbing
#bennybeg
#crieff
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

Aspect Mountaineering still has availability over the Easter break, check the website www.aspectmountaineering.com, more dates for summer to be added soon. :-)Image attachment
2 months ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Back to Blantyre Towers today with Rachie a member of my long-term coaching group for adults.

Rachie has not been able to get out and about recently due to one thing or another, so it was great to catch up.

Today we looked at refreshing the basic's, belaying, getting comfortable with climbing and trusting skills will return with more climbing. πŸ™‚

A very chilled day, with good company and lots of laughs, Andy 2nd April 2022 πŸ™‚

#climbing
#sportclimbing
#scottishsportclimbing
#blantyre
#scotland
#aspectmountaineering

If you would like to try climbing why not check out the website www.aspectmountaineering.com we have availability on our Easter courses with more dates to be added soon. πŸ™‚
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2 months ago
Aspect Mountaineering

Yesterday was my 1st visit to Dollar Quarry, it has been on my radar for sometime now. Not for the sport climbing but more for the trad climbing. But with poor reviews just about everywhere, I've never bothered.

Anyway a good friend of mine told me it had been recently bolted and was deffinately worth making the effort to go and check it out.

The bolting is good and user friendly, the bolts are where you need them! πŸ™‚ The routes are good, it does look like someone has been removing loose rock from some of the routes, it should become more stable with use, but for the time being be careful.

Access at the base of the crag is a little awkward, thankfully there is a rope in place to help with this and again it should firm up with more use.

All in all a new crag for me, new routes, lots of sunshine (the quarry is a total suntrap) and a good day spent with good company. πŸ™‚

Thank you to Keith Davidson and the Ochils Mountaineering Club for bringing an old venue back to life, Andy 28th March 2022 πŸ™‚

More climbing dates for the Easter break have been added to the website www.aspectmountaineering.com πŸ™‚

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#sportclimbing
#scottishsportclimbing
#clachmannanshire
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