Author Archives: billysands

Nasty Knoydart?

    This is another uncle windbag reminicence post as I get back into shape, which has seen a three munro walk completed yesterday without problems. This post contains the occasional naughty word and satire not intended to be taken seriously, … Continue reading

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Comeback Hill

 Beinn a’Chrulaiste is often overlooked by those who are out bagging. It is also unfortunately nicknamed by some as “hangover hill”, suggesting it is only worth doing if you crawl out your tent at 2:00 pm feeling like you have … Continue reading

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Competition night at TCA

This was our third bouldering competition and by far our most popular with 43 entrants.  It is a tribute to the hard work put in by our climbing organisers and members who have made strangers feel welcome that we have … Continue reading

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Fontainebleau, day 2: Diplodocus at Trois Pignons

We decided the night before what our venue would be today. I was particularly looking forward to it, as it was my choice – Diplodocus at trios pignons.  We had a cobbled together breakfast, as the boulangerie was shut due … Continue reading

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Fontainebleau, day 1

After six months of eager anticipation, and wondering just how well my knee which was operated on 5 months earlier would hold up, we met in the greasy “restaurant” at Glasgow airport and stuffed our faces on stereotypical Scottish “health … Continue reading

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Trip to alien 2 – it has a cave!

Rain halted our plans to “do some trad” this weekend, so we decided to head to Alien 2 for some bouldering. It’s been a while since I was last there. This might have something to do with a local mega … Continue reading

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Why push your grade?

A friend recently commented that she thought climbers can be too obsessed with grades, pushing themselves and how this held no attraction for her. The idea of constantly trying to improve would reduce her enjoyment of climbing. There was also … Continue reading

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