Aug 09 13
Working just outside Edinburgh (Livingston) I’ve gotten hold of a copy of the Lowland Outcrops SMC guidebook and have been looking for after-work cragging entertainment… As luck would have it, right next to my hotel is Dalmahoy cliff; so I took a walk up to the crags to see what was on offer.
To say it’s a fairly odd place would be an understatement! It’s right above a big quarry workings area – it’s all closed in the evening of course, but never-the-less it’s a bit like a post industrial wasteland scene from Robo Cop. The cliff looks okay enough, even if it’s in a bit of an unattractive location. Although it might make climbing feel a little more serious than it actually is! As I was on my own I didn’t fancy soloing any of the routes (even though they are mostly quite moderately graded) – the serious/industrial vibe of the place put me off from sticking my neck out on a solo. I’ll have to take a closer look when I’ve got a belay bunny with me another time.
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