The Old Man of Hoy is one of the UK’s most sought-after ascents and gofurther Scotland has made two successful trips there either side of our amazing winter. Last weekend gofurther’s Paul made the trip with Malachy and completed the climb on Saturday during a spell of cold weather blown in on a light northerly.
The 135m Old Man is one of the country’s most inspiring rock climbing venues with a sense of adventure and isolation that you get in few other areas. The classic route, now graded E1, takes the original line up the landward face of the stack with the second crux pitch negotiating an awkward move out of a niche onto the face directly left of the main crack.
The sensational final pitch (with Malachy pictured below) is on perfect rock up 20m corner to the summit. With waves swirling below and stunning views over to St John’s Head (the tallest sea cliffs in Britain) it is certainly one of the most spectacular rock climbing moments.
Below, Malachy reaches the summit with incredible views over to St John’s Head and the hills of Hoy.
After 5 pitches a multi-pitch abseil descent is needed finishing with a 60m free abseil to the bottom of the stack on the landward side.
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