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Boulder Blogs – Dumbarton Evenings

I’ve not had the chance to do much bouldering in the evening at Dumby, any previous attempts had me nearly loosing a shoe crossing the boggy bit between the car park and the beach. It’s a really nice spot if the weather is right and the views are quite scenic.
As you rally against some of the glassiest rock short of volcanic glass, you look up and realise you’re scrambling at the base of a castles ramparts. The scenic views of the Clyde and distant snow covered mountains have a pinky, golden glow. This juxtaposed with the industrial buildings, heaps of rubble and the DumbartonCourt with its remains of the old jail.

Practically an advert for Visit Scotland and Historic Scotland all rolled into one.

It takes me just under 30 minutes to get to Dumby from Greenback and it seems easier to get back to Glasgow from there.  Was going to hang the mats up aging until the next sunny day but considering how mild it’s been they will stay in the car and I’m going to fill my portable fridge because bouldering out here is to good to miss.

On todays visit it was good to see the TCA Glasgow crew working a particularly nasty route (Shin Sekai I think). Theres a bunch of folk, say hello, get on with their business, chat if you stop them. Probably crushing routes some folk only dream of, proper boulderers. None of this trampling mats, throwing stuff around like they own the place. (Yes I’m still griping about that!)

Anywho, probably try for tomorrow evening also, see how cold it is. Gina hitch slap that Warm Up boulder and then have some fun with the Cheddars!

Chris

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UNDO News – Cicerone deals

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