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Routes in Orkney Islands.. and the Old Man of Hoy

Old Man of Hoy T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Yesnaby Castle T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
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Type: Trad, 460 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: Tom Patey Chris Bonington Rusty Bailey.(over 3 days 1966)
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Shared By: USBRIT Ross on Dec 5, 2009
Admins: Chris Owen, Euan Cameron, Nick Russell

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Description

I have climbed this twice ,the first time leading a group of four antique British climbers in their 50's and 60's ,two were grand parents.The following photo's were with my son Andy who flew in from Salt Lake City, Utah.If you like the desert Towers of Utah this is a must do! The most enjoyment of this climb is from the situations and the wild beauty of the Scottish Islands.The climb described is the original route . There are several more difficult routes to its top. Description :- See Topo photo.P1) Easy climbing to large ledge 5.5 P2)Climb down a few feet then across to the foot of a fine crack a couple of strenuous moves to belay.5.9.P3) Follow open corner (In Spring pucking Femur sea birds in this section )5.6.P4)Super climbing up the open book to a fine summit.5.6.Descent Rap the route.Be careful!

Location

Hoy Island ,Orkney Islands ,Scotland

Protection

Normal rack cams and stoppers Two 60m ropes is good.
Andy Weinmann
Silver Spring, MD
  5.10a
Andy Weinmann   Silver Spring, MD
  5.10a
Can be done with a single 60m rope (using alpine draws properly) and then rapped with a 60m and tagline. First rap: summit to the lower of the two anchors on the big corner (you'll have to step back out on the big ledge to pull the rope but it's a huge ledge you're on). Second rap: down to top of Pitch 2. Third rap: sweet free-hanging rap to ground.

Recommend taking at least two #3 Camalots and one #4...two #4s would not go unused! Sep 10, 2013
John Martin
Kearns, UT
John Martin   Kearns, UT
I would love to do this route, check out this video:
vimeo.com/groups/iloveclimb… Sep 23, 2011
USBRIT Ross
Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
USBRIT Ross   Keswick Cumbria.UK
 
None of that gear was there in the 1990's. Those items must have been left from the first ascent.Good effort in 75 .... and just getting to the Isle of Hoy itself.. Jun 10, 2011
I climbed his route in 1975 (supposedly 1st American ascent. What was the move out of the 3rd overhang on P2? There seemed to be no handholds but there was a wooden wedge pounded into the crack leading up with a drilled hole and threaded with half inch webbing. Are the old railroad spikes still place that were used for the rappel anchors?
Great pictures. Jun 6, 2011
BirminghamBen
Birmingham, AL
BirminghamBen   Birmingham, AL
Next time I'm in Scotland, this is going down! Dec 5, 2009