Check out this fine little video of Lee Robinson and Mike Adams raiding Sheigra after driving straight up there after Glen Croe (respect!). Some fine looking problems were done just as the midge season is kicking in. They then scooted back down the road and stomped up to the dam boulders at Loch Sloy, where Mike did a fine-looking 7c+ called Berlin Wall. It appears to be a new line between existing projects, that high heel looks committing! Here's the video, thanks to Mike and Lee for their intrepidity of character.
In his famous 'allegory of the cave', the Greek philosopher Plato pondered the artificiality of reality in imagining how we could be fooled into thinking shadows on the wall (i.e. virtual reality) could be seen as 'real' life. I'm paraphrasing, of course. What has this got to do with climbing? Well, I was pondering this myself recently while sitting on an artificial concrete boulder at the new Cuningar Loop bouldering park in Glasgow. Does it really matter that a boulder is made of concrete, surrounded by plantation and skirted with kind gravel traps rather than tree roots and spikey boulders? Isn't the 'real' thing so much better: the isolated erratic bloc deposited by geology's long-term aesthetic artwork? Well, yes, that's entirely up to you, but sometimes the artificial saves the day ... I was scuppered by Glasgow's cross-town traffic and turned back to my local artifice that is Cuningar to climb the blue circuit I had imagined as