The kids went climbing at Extreme Dream a few years ago and enjoyed it so we always expected to give it another go one day. Finally last October I decided to do an induction course at Extreme Dream to learn how to belay.
We then used out Highlife Cards ( a monthly payment to the council ) at the Inverness Leisure Centre and used their indoor climbing wall and bouldering facilities.
Before going away to Gran Canaria at Christmas we visited EICA the worlds largest indoor climbing arena.
Oh boy is it big, and cold. We were there just when the cold weather was really taking hold in scotland and we bought those wee hand warmers in the Tiso shop !
The big boulders were off limits awaiting new crash mats, but the 30m tower was there beckoning the unweary, I declined.
Oh, we had also had a look at Tom Riach but it was far too cold wet and mossy.
We have just completed our most audacious expedition, a visit to the Ruthven boulder south of Inverness. We actually stopped in Tiso Inverness on the way down to buy the excellent stone country guidebook.
We didn't get the sun which was forecast, but we were ready to give it a go.
After a warm up on the 'Baby Bunnet' we moved over to the Bunnet Stane proper. After checking the guidebook we totally disregarded it and just mucked about trying out everything all the way around.
It was good crack, but wet and cold. As the drizzle grew heavier we decided to make our escape.