Murdoch Jamieson

My inspiration for climbing came from being in an active Scout troop where we would often go climbing, abseiling and hillwalking. At the age of 14, I joined the local hillwalking club which met every week. This gave me the opportunity to start ‘bagging’ the Scottish Munro’s on a regular basis. Naturally I became more interested in scrambling, leading onto rock climbing. I then became an obsessive rock climber at the age of 16. Nothing has changed since!

Being based in the Highlands of Scotland, I need to do what the weather dictates depending on the season. Therefore I’m actively involved in trad, sport, bouldering and winter climbing. I have a part time job as an Active Schools coordinator as well as being a freelance mountaineering instructor. This gives me the flexibility to get out often.

I’m very passionate about climbing in the Scottish mountains, particularly the North West Highlands. As a result this is home to my personal best climbing achievements. These include; establishing ‘100 years of Solitude’ E8 6c with Iain Small in Carnmore, opening steep mixed routes on Beinn Eighe, particularly ‘Root Of All Evil’ IX,8 with John Orr and crimping my way up Black Sox Direct 8a+ with my local climbing friends at Am Fasgadh. Needless to say, bouldering in Torridon in amongst snow-capped mountains and blue skies should not to be missed. But at the end of the day, nothing beats attempting to Onsight a hard summer trad or winter route!


-Hometown-

Tain, Highlands of Scotland

-Projects-

My main focus is split between Scottish summer Trad, Winter and Sport climbing, however I try to spend time bouldering and running in the hills.

-Successes-

Getting out and making onsight attempts and repeating hard Scottish mountain routes means a lot to me. Things like ‘Realm of the Senses E7 in the Cairngorms, Skye Wall E7/8 on The Cullen, Facest Groove Thang E7 in Beinn Eighe, The End of Innocence Direct E8 in Glencoe to name a few. But opening up ‘100 years of solitude’ E8 in Carnmore with a good friend on a day will always be hard to beat. However I have made the first ascent or repeated many hard Scottish winter route. Climbing in the North West in particular I have made several first winter ascents or repeats of harder winter routes on such as Root of All Evil IX,8 (FWA), Shooting the Breeze IX,8 and The God Delusion IX,9 to name a few.

-Favourite Scarpa-

Scarpa Instinct VS and Scarpa Phantom Tech

-No Place too Far-

There are so many destinations globally I struggle to choose. But an unlimited free plane ticked to take me between Australia, The US and Europe would be nice. To have the ability to nip home to grab that in condition dry summer midge free summer route or neatly formed winter routes would be ideal as well as we all know, Scotland is the best.

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