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Mike Stellings at "The Nose", North Climb, Pillar Rock. 1964.
© Tony Marr, Aug 1964
This was our first visit to Pillar Rock. Unfortunately, the weather was poor, low cloud and thick wet mist. Fortunately, the foot of the crag was free from cloud/mist allowing us to locate the start of the climb. The rock was wet and greasy so we climbed in our mountain boots. As we gained height visibility dropped to just a few metres. The crux that day was "The Nose" pitch....Fortunately, for me Mike got this pitch. Mike was sixteen years old but,6ft3ins in height...his huge reach helped overcome this section.
As we had never been on this mountain before we were unfamiliar with the descent...nobody else on the crag to ask....a mini epic ensued. Descending steep paths we kept arriving at vertical drops that disappeared into mist...eventually, we followed a steep traverse that brought us to a worn path and safety. Very memorable!
Tony Marr - 11/Apr/14
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Excellent. It was exactly like that on my only visit to Pillar in the 70s. There may have been some snow... But I didn't have the courage to actually do anything.
pneame - 12/Apr/14