/ NEWS: John McCune Climbs Ireland's Ultimate Granite Wall
"...After a long while fighting to stay attached to the wall, the pump got the better of me and I couldn't hold on any longer. I peeled off. Even with a cam placed at my waist I flew a long way. I would fall again before I topped out, the second time much further with a hold snapping off in my hand..."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=69048
absolutely stunning bit of rock, well done John and co.
What a bit of rock! Brilliant!
Wow! Stunning place! I can imagine that will get some more visits now (by people a lot stronger than me)
And multiple possible Photo of Week shots too
That's the kind of wall that makes you want to get better at climbing!
Stunning. Great work John and team.
Makes you wonder how many more unclimbed sea cliffs there must be around Ireland
holy jesus indeed! bloody well done.
Great news item - about a place which is both relatively accessible and yet gives a complete wilderness experience. I agree with the comments about the photos - they really do convey a sense of scale and isolation. I'll also bet that this is a mean place when there's a big sea running
Fabulous! So, are there any other routes on the wall or are these the first two? There are certainly other fantastic lines. And what about the rock around to the left of the gold wall. When you say 'known to but a few local trad climbers' does this mean that there are other routes on the island or simply that other climbers have been aware of the existence of the crag?
Edit: Hmmm, if I'd looked at the blog first...
There a good few other routes on the island but the recent development has taken it up a gear in terms of difficulty. The rock seems to be better on these newer routes.
WOW! that's got to be one of the best looking bits of rock that I've never heard of ever and its almost on home turf!
If ever a picture inspired you to go climbing thats it.
Wow how do you get to the Island
Yeah, must say though if I'd found it I wouldn't have told a soul!
Superb, quite remarkable it's so close!
That is amazing, what else lurks along the Irish (or scottish) coast.
A local man called Dan has a small boat and does cheap, fairly ad hoc, lifts from nearby Cruit Island, which you can drive on to. His contact details are on various websites.
Ricky Bell's recent An Empty Book shows the quality of the new lines still being climbed back home: http://rickybel-fast.blogspot.co.uk/ There's more info on there about Owey too.
That is a beautiful piece of rock. Well done!
This looks amazing!!!
John, I promise I'll be out in Ireland next year. I had planned to go to Fairhead and the Burren, but I can now see an additional week being thrown into the mix to incorporate this. Those routes you did there last year looked amazing (for want of a better superlative) too.
Oh yeah Rob, sure you'll be over ;-) I've heard that before :-P
Haha, this time I PROMISE Stephen.
Whereabouts are you these days anyhow, I head rumours of you moving to the States? Bet there's nothing as good over there as Fairhead eh? ;-)
I'm so jealous I feel sick!
Great effort and great pics
With crags that look like that, if them Irelanders invested ten grand in titanium bolts they could build themselves quite a tourist industry.
Half hour laps, john.
I think I may have to use my administrative access to remove this article from the montage, it isn't good for my workflow - every time I look at it I have to take a moment to compose myself...
I know what you mean John is quite handsome
Looks world class. Dan might need a bigger boat.
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