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Name:Dumbuck Hill West
Hill number:19581
Height:126.4m / 415ft
Parent (Ma):1668  Duncolm
RHB Section:26A: Central Scotland from Dumbarton to Montrose
County/UA:West Dunbartonshire (UA)
Class:Tump (100-199m)
Grid ref:NS 41892 74613
Summit feature:not recorded
Col:95m  NS 4191 7474  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 64
(1:25k) OL38 342 347
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Read Dumbowie log for parking. Impromptu Saturday evening - dry/windless/empty quarry; had been reading past logs at 3pm and, given the weather, though might as well give it a trepidatious bash. Had been considering climbing it for years. Initial ~6m slab possibly an easy Grade 3 (few ideal holds) but managed it - recommend using vegetation to the right, as suggested, as it likely makes for an easier, if steeper, ascent (I only used it for the downclimb). After flat shelf, looked at 'crux' and immediately thought 'nah no chance' but within 15 seconds found myself half way up it, adrenaline pumping. Holds much better and heather to grab but sense of exposure seriously increased - high Grade 2 I'd say. Short, narrow, heathery ledge to surprisingly safe summit area. Greatly reduced sense of exposure on downclimb but still took my time - wont catch me doing it in wind/rain! Hellish Dumbuck Hill proper afterwards.iangpark18/07/2020
Not Ticked. Not for he faint hearted. Needs dry weather, otherwise rock greasy, and not too windy. Parked in houses to NE. Up track and across fields below Dumbowie. Leave fields at gate in corner, straight up quarry spoil to edge (safe) of workings. Follow edge this down to the col. All easy enough (compared to CC direct route from A82). This was a Saturday morning, in July, no one around at all. BUT it was the end of Glasgow holiday fortnight, so quarry may be shut. It would also have been the same holiday period when agentmancuso visited the week earlier. It would be very difficult to easily access the col if quarry was working. Looked at options up the last bit, and that described by Colin appears the best. However, it is above an overhanging 20m drop into the trees below. The apparent route along the base of the cliff, under the underhang, ends abruptly overlooking tree-tops! So no-way that way.Minto11/07/2020
Route exploration with Minto. The final narrow and airy 'nose' is a couple of metres of a good gully below a couple of metres of slab (perhaps on a par with Stac Pollaidh). Neither of which in isolation would be overly problematic on a dry windless day, but the combination is out of my comfort zone for a solo free-scramble. The heather/tree route up the first ledge felt safe despite the overhang.ajwxyzt11/07/2020
[continued] The vegetated scramble felt too scary for me, but Andrew Tibbets made it onto shelf / ledge, about 1/3 up the last bit. So West Dunbartonshire and Region 26A shall remain un-recompleted for me. Just as well I'd completed them both before this new Tump was found. Photos and video of Andrew descending are on Facebook - The TumpsMinto10/07/2020
On reading Bernie's entry, perhaps I should add a little more detail regarding my own ascent. I too found the initial shelf of rock to be greasy and very devoid of decent holds. I managed a couple of moves directly above the quarry rim but retreated before putting myself into difficulties. I then dropped down a little to the south of the rim, away from the quarry face and forced a way through blocking trees and scrub to reach the shelf at a slightly lower level. The rock was still greasy and with more vegetation in place but the gradient was shallower, there were some marginally better holds and a slip could probably have been arrested. On the return trip I managed to descend safely facing out from the rock, effectively a bit of a bum slide. The final nose has better holds and feels much more secure to ascend. Hope that helpsColin Crawford05/07/2020
P Hunter's Ave & came up the slightly disguised Overtoun track, along past mast on W side of Dunbowie & straight up to quarry rim. All quiet on Sat morning, so thought things were going well, but gave up after a couple of attempts at scrambling as the rock was just to greasy for my comfort zone. Need to come back on a dry day.agentmancuso04/07/2020
Interesting challenge, this one. I approached through open woods from the A82 west of Milton, no high fences or warning signs apparent. It was an increasingly steep clamber up through the trees, with lots of slippery quarry spoil to negotiate; thankfully, trees had gained a hold on the stuff and they acted as useful grabs. The last bit, from the lip of the quarry, is a scramble, not too difficult but with some airy positions. A little vegetated shelf is best tackled south of the edge then there's a little nose of rock before easier ground to the top. That nose is probably the only viable route and is in full view of the quarry floor so a non-operational day is the best bet. I exited along the lip of the quarry towards Dumbowie, probably a much better approach than the struggle up the woodsColin Crawford20/06/2020