Elephant Rock 

The reason for heading over to the Angus coast was to sample the different flavour of sports climbing available on the sea cliffs there. We picked Elephant Rock for its easy access and good range of grades, and weren’t disappointed. For a start, it really does look like an elephant! 

The climbing is very good, on volcanic feltstone (apparently) with really steep routes of about 20m on sharp sculpted holds. Grades felt toughish and the bolting a little less friendly than on the conglomerate further north (worryingly so on Pas de Charge, a fun 6b on the front leg) 

We also did Tale of the Tape, 3* 6a+ and It’s not My Fault which doesn’t get a star but deserves at least one. 

As a finale I had a decent go at Hanger 18, a 3* 7a up a “monstrously overhanging groove” but succumbed to a wee rest on the crux. A sure sign it was time to start the long journey home. What a great 10 days though – certainly “destination climbing” rather than just something to do when the big hills are out of nic. We’ll be back for more! 

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