Wednesday, May 07, 2014

St Bride's Wall


This quartz-veined schist wave of rock is a south-facing glacial crag easily spotted in a field on the A84, opposite St Bride’s Chapel and graveyard, a few kilometres north of Callander as it passes along the Garbh Uisge’s ‘Falls of Leny’ and the south end of Loch Lubnaig. It is easily accessible from a straight-road layby south of the chapel, cross the road (carefully, as traffic is fast), walk north and enter a field to walk over to the crag - two minutes.


The bulging crag has a number of short traditional routes surmounting the ramp onto slabs, such as the flake crack Bride’s Crack (HVS) on the right, but below the distinctive rising ramp feature is a steep wall with increasingly hard and higher problems from left to right. The wall has been bouldered on only sporadically since the 70s, so names and grades are speculative and first ascents are murky. Angus Clark and John Watson repeated the obvious problems in 2007 and 2008 respectively, possibly documenting and naming already existing problems.

Feedback welcome on this accessible but obscure little venue ...

Draft topo here >>>

2 comments:

Pierre said...

Hi John,

I tried St Bride’s wall for the first time this February after having stupidly thought that conditions would be good to go bouldering at Ben Ledi – I had forgotten that Scotland gets snow in the winter…

I found the grades were tough, probably because the quartz felt extremely sharp with the cold conditions (2°C) and because the cracks were a bit wet-ish. Also, the right hand side felt a bit high, even though the landing are good. I did not chance any fall.

I spent only an hour there and only manage to send the warm ups and Grey Matter. Also tried White Matter and Stem Cell but did not get anywhere close as sending them.

Very convenient venue though, especially when you find out that Ben Ledi’s boulders are under 30 cm of frozen snow :-D

Pierre

Anonymous said...

Hi John,

I climbed a sit start to The Shield today, any idea if it's been done before? I can send you details if you like. It's a really good problem!

I noticed on UKC that Angus Clarke has listed the crack to the right of The Shield, calling it Bride's Crack.

Cheers, Brendan Croft

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