Bob Elder and Jim Woodley made a visit to the Cambus O’May Quarries in Upper Deeside (see Northeast Outcrops guidebook) last Sunday (December 19) and climbed a number of ice lines.
“The back wall is well iced,” Bob reported. “There’s an odd line on the east wall (Urban Decay summer line) that’s OK and a few that are nearly there (corner just left of Heinous de Milo – bolts just out of reach!). There’s a few ‘Sword of Damocles’ icicles around, so take a helmet!”
This is the first time I’ve heard of folk climbing in these granite quarries, and it is a venue worth considering when access to the higher hills is difficult. This is particularly useful as there are few easy access climbing options on the south side of the Cairngorms.