Saturday, March 15, 2014

Windyhill on a sunny day

Glasgow's quarried hinterlands, such as the braes above Paisley, Johnstone and Elderslie, well what can we say of them, what is there for the climber: dank landfill quarries, briars flagged with poly bags, Tennents cans and Cider bottles, dog-shite, plastic detritus, road-dumps, graffiti splatters, neds, broken bikes and unmbrellas, abandoned tyres, fire-pits ... or, if you're in a brighter mood: sunbitten orange basalt, birds singing, blue skies and daffodils, technical moves & rough textures, silver birch, silence, a warmed back as you climb...

Windyhill is an odd little bouldering backwater, but a little attention, litter-picking, briar-bashing, in short a simple bit of bouldery love, and the place is fine for an evening's sunny bouldering in the lower grades. There's even a car-park 10 yards across the road now. No excuses then, but bring your secateurs, those briars are vicious!


2 comments:

Gary kelly said...

Lived 10 minutes walk from there for years and didn't realise I could have been bouldering all that time!! D'oh!! It's noted for my next visit though - cheers

Graham Foster said...

Lived in Renfrew and Paisley all that time and had no idea. Always felt that the Fereneze Braes looked like they really should have a gritstone outcrop on them somewhere. Igneous, not sedimentary I know, but still looked the part. Will definitely go for a look at Windyhill next time I'm in the area even I'm beyond climbing it any more. Thanks!

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