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Tuesday
Mar262013

Currie Wa's - Exhibtion to open at the Visitor Centre on Friday - looking at Dougal Hastons climbing walls along the river 

The Currie Wa’s – Exhibition Opens at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, in celebration of ‘Currie Boy’ Dougal Haston

In the late 1950s, the young Dougal Haston, who would become one the leading alpinists of his generation, practised rock climbing on the retaining walls of the, now disused, Edinburgh to Balerno railway.  Dougal named them the Currie Wa's, and described them in a guidebook published by Graham Tiso in 1967. To indicate the difficulty of the climbs,

Haston, somewhat tongue in cheek, used numeric alpine grades (I-VI sup.), and gave the hardest Wa routes VI sup. - the highest grade in use at that time.

This exhibition consists of photographs of pages from the Tiso guidebook together with pictures of the Wa’s as they were in March 2012.

Although nowadays the Wa's are rarely climbed on, most of the Wa’s still exist and  can be viewed from the Water of Leith Walkway.

The Exhibition has been put together my local climbing enthusiast David Buchanan, who lives in Colinton not far from the Water of Leith and the Currie Wa's.  He is a keen photographer and mountaineer, and climbed on the Currie Wa's from the 1970s until at least the end of the 80s - and may do so again!

The Exhibition opens at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre on Friday 29th March and will remain on display until the end of May. David will be available on Friday between 2pm and 3pm to chat about this work and climbing the Currie Wa’s

 

The Tannery Bridge Arete

Tannery Bridge Spike Arete

The Exhibition opens at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre on Friday 29th March and will remain on display until the end of May. David will be available on Friday between 2pm and 3pm to chat about this work and climbing the Currie Wa’s

 

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