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First in a series of crag profiles for 2011: Creag nan òrd (Crag of the Hammer), Dundonnell

Latest in a series of outcrops in Wester Ross equipped for sport climbing, Creag nan òrd is a sweep of clean Torridonian sandstone situated a mile or two east of the Dundonnell hotel. With a north-facing aspect it is ideal for days that are too hot or midgey for lower south-facing crags such as Goat or the crags around the Gruinard area. The longest routes are a full 30m making substantial climbs with a great atmosphere and fantastic views over Little Loch Broom. The crag also catches the late afternoon and evening sun at this time of year.

Creag Nan Ord 3
Developed by local climbers, first ascents were in 2008 with the latest this year. There are now five routes in total (more to follow) with steep starts, bulges, slopers and sections of rippling steep slab. The crag has seen a lot of traffic this year. Here are a few shots from some of our visits there in April during the long hot spell at the end of spring.

Creag Nan Ord 1
On the crux of An Sinnoch Mor (the big fox) 6b. Local climber Josh (17) on belay.

Creag Nan Ord 2
Paul on An Sinnoch Mor.

Creag Nan Ord 4
Siostan (the hunter) – 6c.

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