December 2013

No Wall – Xmas and New Year

By |December 22nd, 2013|

Just a reminder that there is no wall session on the 23rd December and 30th December. The Clickimin is shut over the xmas period. See […]

September 2013

Lakes Trip Report – August 2013

By |September 8th, 2013|

by Jonathan Swale

Two hundred years ago, the Lakes Poets found an imagined arcadia among the rugged Cumbrian fells (ignoring, for convenience, the rugged farmers and even ruggeder miners and quarrymen who lived and worked there). A century later the railways were bringing thousands of the great unwashed for a brief respite from the smoke of northern towns. Sixty years on and a million families in family cars were importing the urban joys of traffic jams and parking chaos to this once quiet corner of Englandshire. And so to the present: the wheel has turned 180 degrees and seven climbers left the rural tranquillity of Shetland for the crowds, confusion and frantic retail experience that is The Lake District Bank Holiday Weekend. […]

July 2013

Clickimin Times Changed

By |July 30th, 2013|

From 29th July the times for the club indoor wall session will be 7.30 – 9.30pm. This is until next summer at least. The session […]

April 2013

Winter Trip Report – March 2013

By |April 29th, 2013|

There was a brief moment when I’d thought we’d scared people off from coming on the winter trips. It’s perfectly understandable – who’d want to be on the side of a mountain with me or Pete, and then have to read a mock condescending account of it. As it turns out quite a few.

The Mountain of Pain
Now I’ve never been a skier. The only time I have skied was down the Ward of Bressay with size 9 boots and cross-country skies on. As my toes didn’t reach the end of the boots and there was no heel binding I wasn’t exactly in control.

The main reason I don’t ski is that I that I don’t like the fact that either ski can go in multiple directions and when the skis do come off there’s a twisting action, usually around the knee area as the ankle is firmly strapped in to the boot.

So, to prove that premonitions can come true, Saturday afternoon at the Cairngorm ski centre, last run down the mountain, a graceful arc into the wooden fencing, skis stuck, resulting in a non graceful barrel roll.


January 2013

Winter Trip Report December 2012

By |January 1st, 2013|

By Stu Barton. French Version translated by Nathalie!

[frame align=”left”][singlepic id=439 w=150 h=150 float=][/frame]And then there were two.

Slowly but ever surely the December winter trip is becoming a desperate attempt at justifying the cost of buying equipment, by spending more money on travel and accommodation. No matter, a least we can do some of that proper climbing without taking the excess baggage onto the hill! I sort of wanted to get a grade IV in on this trip not sure whether I could climb at that level, having demonstrated on The Seam that you can’t smear up on ice. But first drastic action was needed. With Pete’s car being out of action I had to buy a new car, new to me anyway, to fit all the gear in. So with Legacy diesel power and a Led Zeppelin sound track we cruised across to Ballater for a reconnaissance*, to plan the forward assault on Lochnagar. A 7km walkabout. Then down to Perth for a camera. Back to bunk house in Braemar. […]

September 2012

New Shetland Climbing Website

By |September 17th, 2012|

[frame align=”left”][/frame]Many of you will have seen from the forum, but we (being Al, Paul and Andrew) have recently launched our new site, called or “SCi” which does what it says on the tin… provides information on climbing up here. It’s the most up to date, complete collection of crag and route information that there has ever been up here. We’ll also be adding news items to the site like articles from climbers that have made key ascents up here in the past, or just had a great time. There will also be videos and loads of other useful info.


The Cannon – Eshaness Storm

By |September 4th, 2012|

OK so not really climbing, but still a video near some climbing! I took this today, a lot of sea running!

April 2012

AGM Agenda Saturday 28th April

By |April 21st, 2012|

As promised here is the agenda for the AGM and normal meeting (to follow AGM) for Saturday. Look at the last news item for more details on the weekend but basically we’re hopefully climbing on saturday, eating and having the meetings at Braewick cafe, Eshaness, then chilling out there and some folk are camping over. We’ll then be doing the Voar Redd Up on Sunday at Eshaness Lighthouse (Calders Geo and Holes of Scraada). All welcome.

Please add a comment below the post or email via the contact form if you’d like anything else adding to the agenda of either meeting.

Venue: Braewick Cafe, Eshaness. Meet for food @ 5pm. AGM @ 7pm.


AGM, Social & Voar Redd Up

By |April 2nd, 2012|

It’s that time of year again… If you’re thinking “wow, that year went quick” then it’s probably because it was actually only a few months back that we had the last AGM! At the last one, we decided to shift the club year to starting on 1st April, in line with the MCofS to make membership admin easier (meaning subs are now due!)

Because no one likes meetings we’ve decided to make a social of it, actually, better than that – a weekend of it, combining it with climbing (hopefully) and Extreme Voar Redd Up! We’ll be discussing all matters of the club at the AGM and would really appreciate everyone’s input. Even if you’re no longer a member, it’s a chance to have a say on what the club could do for you and make suggestions. We’ll also be planning club trips for the Summer, so bring your diary!


March 2012

Winter Trip February 2012

By |March 29th, 2012|

There might not be much snow and ice around but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have that fun thing.
The Forcan Ridge turned out to be a scramble.
Corie an t-Sneachda was rock.
Ben saved the day.

Forcan Ridge. The saga continues…….

Having decided that they’d done enough red pointing of a Grade I/II ridge, the intrepid climbers made there final plans to tame the mountain. Walking in under the cover of darkness they weren’t fooled by the mild air and damp ground under foot, this mountain could bite back at any moment. Having taken under two hours to walk in to the start of the ridge they spit into teams to start the assault. Pete, Julie and Layla set off first followed by Stu and Jonathan. Crampons and rope weren’t needed at this stage – it’s quite difficult to climb on ice when there isn’t any. […]