Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ullapool Bouldering




Ian Taylor has produced an informative and accurate guide to the bouldering round Ullapool. It includes the classic areas such as Reiff, Reiff-in-the-Woods, Ardmair and Rhue, but also some more recent venues such as Cnoc Breac, Tigh-na-Mara, Ullapool Hill and the Goat Boulder. The area is almost exclusively Torridonian Sandstone, which is similar to but redder than gritstone, it's older and harder and isn't as green... so this is truly a gritstone climber's mecca.

If you visit these areas you will also find as many projects and new rock as you could wish for. Ullapool is a fine base for exploring Torridon, Coigach, Assynt and the far northwest...the camping is good, the beer is good, and even if the midges are bad in summer, areas such as Reiff tend to catch the windiest, sunniest weather, so it's an all-year-round venue for the boulderer.

To get hold of a copy, pop in to North West Outdoors in Ullapool (01854 613 383), at £8 (plus £1 p&p), or contact Ian at ullapoolrock@hotmail.com

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