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[David "Nails" Ewing feeling the pressure of Fair Head! :), 4 kb]No description has been contributed for this climb.
P McHugh, S Billane Jun/1970

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This climb is in 57 logbooks, and on 19 wishlists.

First route at Fair Head - expected a Millstone type mauler but it proved to be a very pleasant and amenable mid-grade HVS. First pitch a bit dirty in places and has a few tricky sections requiring some traditional techniques! The top pitch is a perfect, clean jamming and bridging corner crack with plenty of rests if you need them. A few harder moves but on the whole not particularly sustained, just really enjoyable climbing with (large) gear on demand. Led P2 and 3 in one (it doesn't really make sense to belay on the sloping ledge 5m from the top given the finishing crack is all in the same line!).
Misha - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/13 with Ed

Lead P1. Very nice route, swallows lots of big gear!
eduardo - AltLd O/S - 18/Aug/13 with Misha

Andy Moles - AltLd O/S - 07/Aug/13 with James McKenna

Climbed P1 OS, but it started to rain during belaying Nina. Had to leave orange sling there. Boulder at 3/4 of the first pitch made me climb down about 3 times. Next time I'll take 4 and 5 with me.
adino - Lead dnf - 28/Jul/13

GOS led P1; GC P2
GOS - AltLd O/S - 20/Jul/13 with George C

georgec - AltLd - 20/Jul/13 with Gerard

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jun/13

newtonmore - AltLd - 03/Jun/13

mcgovern - AltLd - 03/Jun/13 with liamo333

Hidden - AltLd - 31/May/13

Hidden - AltLd rpt - 31/May/13

Slipped trying to go direct at the top... got back and realised it was way easier to finish left... D'oh. Lovely route, high in grade!
RKernan - AltLd dog - 17/May/13 with John O'Hara

Led pitches 2 and 3 run together. Felt very athletic and strenuous for HVS but maybe I'm just knackered after 5 days of climbing. Could have done with more than 1 each of sizes 3-6 dmm cams. Some sections felt very run out. Just had to throw a size 2 near the bottom of the last pitch and run to the top, just as it says in the guide!
matthewjames - AltLd O/S - 31/Jul/12 with Chris Davis

Hidden - Lead O/S - 31/Jul/12

led in one
gregoritos - Lead O/S - 24/Jun/12

GarethHall - AltLd O/S - 10/Jun/12 with Patrick Goodwin

paddygoodwinlondon - AltLd - 09/Jun/12 with Gareth Hall

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jun/12

Hidden - Lead O/S - 02/Jun/12

Hidden - AltLd - 02/Jun/12

Hidden - 2nd - 26/May/12

KKilroy - Lead - 2012

metal arms - AltLd O/S - 28/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 03/Jul/11

Hidden - Lead O/S - 03/Jul/11

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 28/May/11

owenmcmurray - 2nd - 18/Apr/11 with Eddie Hawkins

chillax - Lead O/S - 2011

Hidden - AltLd - 2011

janegallwey - Lead - 2011

P1, P3
dicky79 - AltLd O/S - 19/Jun/10 with Mark Nicholson

crossdressingrodney - AltLd O/S - 17/Jun/10 with victim of mathematics

Led P1, awesome
victim of mathematics - AltLd O/S - 17/Jun/10 with crossdressingrodney

2nd pitch
barni - AltLd - 24/Aug/09 with Paul James

I led the easier P1. A good lead on P2 by Pete, utilising well the largest couple of cowbells I've ever seen.
Siderunner - AltLd O/S - 26/Jun/09 with Pete C

liz77 - Lead dog - 24/Jun/09 with HRC

Second HVS lead - I lead the 2nd pitch
saundera - AltLd - Jun/09 with Richard

What an amazing line, and route. Best route on our trip after the even better Hurricane.
danm - AltLd - 30/May/09

Dirty. Lots of hard moves - E1 5b?
Dave Rumney - AltLd - 10/May/09 with Tanya Milner

Hidden - AltLd - 23/Aug/08

Gareth Clendinning (UBMC) - Lead O/S - 13/Jul/08 with Rose Williams

Rose Williams - 2nd - 13/Jul/08 with Gareth

argh - proper traditional climbing - all cracks and jams and suchlike
givemetea - AltLd O/S - 30/May/08 with Helen King

twright180 - AltLd - 2008 with John McCune

twright180 - AltLd O/S - 2008 with John McCune

georgec - Lead O/S - 17/Jun/06 with Peter McConnell

Nigel Coe - AltLd - 16/Jun/06 with Andy March

Johann - AltLd O/S - 2005 with Smax

cornishben - AltLd O/S - Jun/04 with Ian Butterworth

Hidden - AltLd O/S - 12/Sep/03

Chris Ellis - AltLd O/S - 25/May/97 with Louise Pellett

auld al - AltLd O/S - 1992

Jams made in Paradise!
rogerskews - 27/May/90 with Bryn and John

Hidden - Lead O/S - May/89

John HW - AltLd O/S - 1986 with Dave Evans

nigehughes - AltLd - Jul/85 with Martin Kydd

Hammy - AltLd - 26/Jul/80 with Rob Lawson

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Total votes cast 52
hard E10 of 20
E10 of 20
easy E15 of 20
hard HVS11 of 20
HVS4 of 20
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VS0 of 20
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hard 5b0 of 14
5b0 of 14
easy 5b0 of 14
hard 5a11 of 14
5a3 of 14
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hard 4c0 of 14
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easy 4c0 of 14
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Style of ascent

Lead13 of 57 (22.8%)
Followed3 of 57 (5.3%)
Alt Leads40 of 57 (70.2%)
Unknown1 of 57 (1.8%)

'Climbed'22 of 57 (38.6%)
clean O/S31 of 57 (54.4%)
clean rpt1 of 57 (1.8%)
dogged2 of 57 (3.5%)
dnf1 of 57 (1.8%)