Climbs 20
Rocktype Granite
Altitude 381m a.s.l
Faces SW

third Party © KKilroy

Crag features

Hare's Castle is a prominent, quarried knoll with clean, sound rock. It gives sheltered climbing in a sunny location, dries quickly and has a shorter approach than many Mourne crags.

Approach notes

Allow 45mins walk in through the Annalong Forest, past the water supply workings and striking uphill from the end of the roadway.

A lovely little crag. Many happy memories of climbing there in the 1960s and 1970s. Third Party and Duet were my favourites, although Allsorts is interesting for its use of an inverted Gaston. The start of Hellfire Left- Hand is highly reach dependent - first(?) done by myself in the mid 1970s. Got a ring (and finger) stuck in the crack once on Hellfire Corner while soloing (interesting!) Eric Wilkinson's accound of thigh gripping the arete while doing the first ascent was gripping! The walk up to Hares Castle was viewed as the ultimate soft touch - only 45 minutes from the Bloat House. How times change!
Mick Ward - 19/Aug/04
Nice place on really good days. Hell fire Corner is not worthy of its 2 stars. Although Hell fire left hand is definetly one worth doing for climbers above 5.8
Conor - 29/Mar/03
Very beautiful crag with a cracker view of the Annalong Valley.Small wires and friends essential for most of the climbs and with only an hours walk too the crag I know I will be back. Gotta try: Hell fire left hand VS (5a)
Conor Mc Dermott - 29/Mar/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1Pieces of April
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HVS 5a 2
2No Footprints
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VS 4c 1
3Block Route
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D 10
4Thin Arete
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VS 5a *10
5Third Party
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VS 4c *11
6Allsorts
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HS 3c *9
7Allsorts Direct Finish
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HVS 5a 1
8Hidden Agenda
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E1 5c 1
9Taco Bell
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VS 4c 5
10Duet
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VS 4b **15
11Hellfire Left-Hand
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VS 5a *5
12Mother's Pride
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E1 5b 2
13Hellfire Corner
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HS 4b **18
14Smudges Doom
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HS 4b 8
15Biggles
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E1 5c *3
16All Quiet
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VS 5a 3

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