Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Dry tooling at Newtyle Quarry.

So with the forecast for the West a bit rubbish again Ken and I decided to take a long drive over to Newtyle Quarry near Dunkeld for a bit of winter prep. This quarry is a strange venue, firstly being slate which is unusual for Scotland but also has trad, sport and aid routes there as well as dry tooling. Once we'd found the place we decided to head for the easier lines for a bit of a warm up and neither of us had actually lead a tooling route outside so we didn't want to bite off more than we could chew.

We spent the rest of the day leading and top roping some of the routes and getting used to the feel of axes and crampons on rock again. A word of warning though, some of the rock on the doorjam slab area is very suspect. As you would expect for a quarry but a reasonable sized block just spontaneously came off whilst we were coiling the ropes at the end of the day. Thankfully missing both of us.

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