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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Glen Clova, finally

Finally some trad climbing. Simon and I went to Glen Clova.
 We started with Wandered, a well protected, exposed HVS 5a.
 Here is Simon climbing the upper arete.
 After that Proud Corner, a long VS 4c.
 We then went to the upper crag and climbed Red Wall E1 5b. Here is Simon in the quartz chimney of the first pitch...
 ... and here he is on the upper wall, nearly there.
 I then had a go at Zig Zag double direct E2 5c. Here is Simon on the first pitch...
 ... and here is an old photo showing a climbing doing the exposed upper crux move. I had a very big cam which protected the crux move and managed to contort myself into the right position to easily reach  the big jug which finishes off the difficulties. The upper corner is very exposed.
 Good to climb outside on a continental summer-like day. I then went to search for the Airlie monument, which is a landmark in Glen Clova that can be seen from a long way. The monument was built in 1901 in honour of the 9th Earl of Airlie (1856-1900) who was killed during the Boer War in South Africa. Here it is...
 ... but unfortunately it was closed. Two walkers told me that it is only open once a year. So no views for me as the surrounding forest prevents views towards Kirriemuir and Dundee. Instead some wee flowers and a bug instead to finish off this entry. 
Summer time...

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