Thursday, 31 December 2015

Central Gully, Northern Cairngorms

Anna on the first pitch.

There were a few gaps over some rock steps but basically conditions were quite frozen

A great way to close off  2015! 


Wednesday, 30 December 2015

From gyms and bolts to traditional climbing. Cummingston sea cliffs

Anna practicing her trad gear placments

Cold but dryer than the Cairngorm mountains at the sea cliffs today

This rock  shows the wind direction perhaps around 250 million years ago.The strata formed from layers of sand  which was wind blown into sand dunes and have since become sand stone.. The wind was probably blowing left to right.

Back then, the pre dinosaur times, tusked reptiles left foot marks as they walked over the desert dunes which is now Cummingston . There is some wonderful rock climbing on the ocher colored rocks.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Blustery but nice in the Northern Corries

Anna enjoying the acoustics in the corrie

Main lower graded gullies are mainly complete!

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Nice climbing on Lurchers today-

Steve with Katie on the second ascent!

Andy about  third of the way up

Andy leading a difficult step on the upper tier

and another awkward and strenuous moves lead to easier ground to the top

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Winter climbing - Lurchers crag

Andy on the main pitch 6.VI

exciting tehcnical mixed climbing

Andy and Steve

Its wonderful here in Cairngorm National Park -  I was not guiding today but enjoying the wonderful clear and calm conditions with my good pals, Andy and Steve . Should you wish to come climbing with a guide
 email me at

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Cairngorm National Park, winter climbing courses by Sandy Allan, mountain guide at Team Ascent

Andy Nisbet nears the top of the main pitch 

Steve Perry on lead

The climb we did today ( the  two photos above this one ) was close to this on that we did last year

Friday, 11 December 2015

Thanks Cameron, IN SOME LOST PLACE - a gift idea!!!!!!!If-you-want-to-buy-your-loved-one-a-book-for-Christmas-make-it-this-one/c1q8z/566820210cf29cc38648a1eb

Thanks to Cameron for the above and for suggesting my book, 'IN SOME LOST PLACE' as an ace gift idea.
If you wish for a signed copy you can order it direct from me and if you email your postal address or your details I can send you an invoice and then the book. It's a good quality hard back so costs £24.00 and postage within the UK seems to cost £2.80 for one or two books in the same parcel. Just let me know if what if anything you want me to write inside it! Thanks
Happy days to all.