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Bouldering Day Trips from Fort William - Part 2

Aug 22, 2019 3:14:05 PM / by Dan Timmis

So, you're in Fort William. You’ve done enough trips down Glen Nevis for now. You need some new rock to wrestle. Its time to pack up the pads and head North. For a Rumble in the Jumble... Torridon Bouldering

 

 
 
 

 

Don't be deterred by the drive, Torridon is undoubtedly the Jewel in the crown of Scottish bouldering, and not to be missed! The Celtic Jumble contains the vast majority of the recorded bouldering in the area, and I say recorded because as you will see, there is a lot of rock! Untouched boulders abound for those willing to explore the hillsides.

 

 

 

Climbing is basically roadside (car to climbing in 10 minutes), and new path development has made the previously wet approach, a lot drier. Grades range from beginner friendly to hard test pieces, some of which are regarded as the best in the British Isles, and with everything from from slabs to roofs and lowballs to highballs, this amazing sandstone paradise has something for everyone. There is a campsite next to the boulder field as well as a toilet and shower block, if you use them be sure to leave a donation in the honesty box to help with the upkeep.

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

Aside from the obvious Pads, shoes and chalk, there are a few other things that will make your trip just that little drier/comfortable:

 

Tarp: while the landings are generally nice and flat, they also tend to be wet, even in a drought. A tarp allows you to chuck your pads and gear down without getting wet and muddy and helps protect the ground underneath.

 

Wellies: As above, its wet!

 

Midge net and repellent: Torridon the stronghold of the scottish Midge so before you go, check the weather, ideally bright sun and wind but one or the other will do the trick. On a still, overcast day in summer you'll do well to get from the car to the rock without feeling the full wrath of the midge. Check the midge and the weather forecast here https://www.smidgeup.com/midge-forecast/

 

The rock dries quickly after rain but avoid climbing on any damp rock and clean off your tick marks and as much chalk as you can!

 

Best time to go: Anytime out of midge season, otherwise a good breeze is required during the summer.

 

 
 
 

 

Guide Books:

You'll find some of the bouldering in the Bouldering in Scotland guide book, along with all the best Scotland has to offer.

For a more comprehensive guide you can pick up a copy of Torridon Bouldering written by the areas main developers Ian Taylor and Richie Betts. You can pick one of these up in the Cafe in Torridon Village while fueling up for a day of sending.

 

 
 
 

 

Big thanks to Joe Mortimer and Barry Harper!

P.S Photos were taken during prime winter bouldering conditions - hence all the layers!

Dan Timmis

Written by Dan Timmis