Climbs 317
Rocktype Gneiss

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Under the Great Roof © Grahame N

Crag features

Along with its neighbouring islands, this is one of the best rock climbing destinations in Britain, as well as one of the most remote. Big, steep cliffs of immaculate gneiss in a stunning location, with some convenient smaller crags as well.

Although plenty of lower grade climbs do exist, it is generally recommended to be leading or at least pushing E2 in order to access the best of the place.

Approach notes

By boat!

The island has been uninhabited since 1912 and is now owned by the National Trust. There is a designated camping area next to the ruins and above the bay on the east side of the island.

Access to some sectors (Great Arch, Pink and Grey Walls) requires 100m abseil ropes.

Guidebooks

The Outer Hebrides offer the best climbing in Britain.
Ian Jones - 30/Jun/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Lengeigh Point 
2Seal WallVD  
3Too Hard for the SMCS  
 Rosinish Wall 
5Lottie
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HVS 5b  
6Taxi for Tam
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E3 6a * 
7More Training Required
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E1 5b  
8The Ethics Police
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E3 5c *2
9Rising Damp
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VS 4c 2
10Thuggy Crystal
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HVS 5a 4
11Squeak
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E2 5c 1
12The Whoop of the Aviator
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E1 5b * 
13No More Ticks
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HVS 4c  
14Ticks Too
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VS 4c  
15The Trouser's Last Stand
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S 4a  
16Oh No, Not Another Tick!
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VS 4c 1
17Wing 'n' Prayer
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E2 5c  
 Evening Wall 
19Stalking the Corncrake
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VS 4c *2
20Pleasant Rib
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VD * 
21Beach Bums
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VS 4c *1
22The Loneliness of the Long Distance TokerHVS 5a *4
23LazybedsHS 4b *3
24Late
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VS 4c *6
25Early
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HS 4b *1
26LaterD *3
2737th Tick
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S 4a * 
28Far From the FunicularHVS 5a **3
29Dice Onions or DieHVS 5a *5
30Sand Flies
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HVS 5a *2
31Serious Smooching
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VS 4c * 
 Small Buoys Geo 
33Time for a Cormorant
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VD * 
34Reprieve
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VD * 
35Re-tyred
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D * 
36Spare Rib
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S 4a * 
37First Groove
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S 4a 5
38Wildlife on Two
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VS 4b *1
39Third Groove
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VS 4b *1
40Spicy Mayhem
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E1 5b * 
41Designer Rib
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E1 5a 2
42Deceptive Corner
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S 4a * 
43Easy Over
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E1 5b * 
44What Doing?
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E1 5b **1
45Friends in Tibet
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VS 5a * 
46Lobstered Ross
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VS 5a  
47Left Crack
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VD * 
48Right Crack
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D * 
 Big Block Sloc 
50Let Sleeping Storks Lie
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E5 6a **10
51Lifeline
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E3 5c ***16
52Immaculate Conception
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E2 5c ***26
53Head-Bred Ian
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E2 5c **6
54Put a Sock in It
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VS 4c  
55Ammonia Topping
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VS 4c  
56Maverick Phenomena
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HVS 5a **2
57Wee Bairns
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VS 4c  
58Two Skulls in the Sunset
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VS 4c * 
 The Bay Area 
60Rum, Sodomy and the LashE3 5c *13
61Dogs of Law
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E4 6a *4
62Honorary Curbar
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E1 5b *7
63The Roaring 40s
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E3 6b *3
64Rebel without a Porpoise
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E5 6a **1
65Rebel without a Porpoise Direct Finish
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E5 6a ***4
66Rebel without a Porpoise Pegmatite Finish
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E5 6a ** 
67The HerbrudeanE5 6a ***25
68The Herbrudean Direct FinishE6 6a 1
69The Herbaloner
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E6 6b * 
70Every Cormorant is a Potential Shag
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E7 6b ***1
71BART
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E5 6a **1
72Jesus Don't Want me as a Shelf StackerE1 5c **7
73Sea An-EnemaE1 5b ***27
74Starboard GroovesHS 4b *2
75It's Not the Size that Matters...
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VS 4c  
 Shag's Geo 
77Up Before the Beak
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E3 5c ** 
78Deflated Flight
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VS 4c * 
79Shags with Attitude
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E3 5c ** 
80Cracking Corner
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S 4a ** 
81Truly Stunning
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VS 4c * 
82Quartz Waltz
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VS 4c * 
83Butterfly Kisses
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VS 4c ** 
84Wok on the Wild Side
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HS 4b  
85Stealing Beauty
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HVS 5a * 
86Mussel Crack
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S 4a * 
87Sweetness
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E1 5b ** 
88Hunting the Gripper
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VS 4c * 
89Groovy Attitude
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VS 4b * 
90Splitting the Growler
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S 4a * 
91Barnacle Belay
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VS 4c * 
92Now It's Freda's Turn
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VS 4c * 
 The Pink Wall 
94What the Eagle?
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E3 5b ** 
95The Tomorrow People
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E4 5c * 
96Tickled Pink
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E2 5b * 
97Aukward Escape
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E4 6a **1
98Where Seagulls Dare
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E3 5c **12
99Raiders of the Lost Auk
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E4 5c **12
100Fondue Macpac
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E6 6b **1
101In Profundum Lacu
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E5 6a ***23
102The Bonxie
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E6 6b ***10
103Huffin' 'n' Puffin
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E6 6b *** 
104Huffin' 'n' Puffin DirectE6 6b ***2
105What! More Puffin
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E6 6b ***1
106I Suppose a Cormorant's Out of the Question Then?
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E5 6b ***7
107The Ancient Mariners
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E5 6a ***26
108What! No MarinersE5 6b ***2
109What! No Puffin
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E6 6a ***2
110Guga
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E5 6b ***7
 The Grey Wall 
112Amber Nectar
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E5 6a ***8
113ElysiumE4 6a ***18
114U
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E4 6a * 
115E-up
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E2 5c *1
116Oi
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E3 6a * 
117Bravura
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E7 6b *** 
118Spit in ParadiseE4 6a ***15
119More Steam McPhail!
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E6 6a *** 
120U-EiE2 5b ***81
121Pirates in ParadiseE2 5c **1
122U-THE3 5c ***27
123Mixmaster Snipe
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E1 5b **24
124Paradise Regained
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E4 6a ***9
 Yellow Wall 
126The Three Mantras of Hesitation
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E3 6a * 
127Dopes on a Rope
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E1 5b * 
 The Cave 
129Redemption Ark
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E6 6b *** 
 Banded Wall 
131The 36th Chamber
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E4 6a *1
132Chockarockaholic
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E2 5b **4
133Fools Rush Out
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E2 5b * 
134Flight of the Wibble-Wibble Bird
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E2 5c * 
135Unnamed
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E2 5b ** 
136GeomancerE6 6b ***5
137Parting Shot
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E5 6a ** 
138Jonny Scuttlebutt
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E5 6a ***4
139Vomtanion and the Three Punterneers
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E5 6a ** 
140Strawberry Jellyfish
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E2 5b * 
141Archipelago
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E3 5c **1
142Ug-Spudchucker
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E3 5c * 
143Fat Les
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E3 5c * 
144Ship of FoolsE5 6a ***17
145At the Drop of a Hat
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E3 5c * 
146Blue
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E2 5b * 
147Fuhrer of the Sausage People
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E3 5c * 
148ShamblesE3 5c *2
149Endolphin Rush
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E3 5c ***82
150Endolphin DirectE3 5c ***2
151Adenosine Tri-HarderE4 6a *1
152Spring Squill
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E1 5b ***138
153Stealing a Seal's GazeE1 5b *16
154Oh No, Norman's in Reverse!
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HVS 5a *2
155Corncrake Corner
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HVS 5a **3
156Spooky Pillar
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HVS 5a *12
157Oatcakes for LunchE1 5b **3
158Wee Hottie
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E1 5b * 
159Hyper Ballad
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E2 5c **8
160Mollyhawk
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E1 5b **10
161The Posture Jedi
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E2 5c **3
162A Horizontal Desire
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E2 5c * 
163Stretch It Out
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VS 4c * 
164Warm Up
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S 4b * 
165One Foot in the Grave
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VS 4c **1
166Run Daftie Run
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E1 5b ** 
167Squat Thrust
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HS 4b * 
168Squat Thrust (Right Finish)
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HVS 5a ** 
169Prominent Nasty-Looking Offwidth Groove
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E2 5b ** 
170Blo' na GaelHVS 5a *4
171Wind Against Tide
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E1 5b **1
172Wind Against Tide (Right Start)
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E1 5b ** 
173Tide Race
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VS 4b *** 
174Cup Final
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VS 5a * 
175Stiff Upper Lip
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VS 4c * 
176Stiff Briese
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VS 4c ** 
177At Last
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VS 4c * 
178Bald Eagle
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VD * 
179Partial BastardE3 6a *4
180RaindanceE1 5b *1
181Beast It Like a Kipper
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VS 5a * 
182Silver Fox
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HS 4b **6
183Treasure Island
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VS 4b * 
184Grey Cossack
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VS 4c *3
185The Curious Bulge
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HVS 5a 7
186Yob and Yag go Climbing - Part 2E2 5b **7
187Shags and the CityHVS 5b *3
188Shags DirectE1 5c **1
189The Elephant of Surprise
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HVS 5a **5
190Redundancy Man
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HVS 5a ***24
191Bye Bye to the Widows
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HVS 5b ***23
192Shipping Views
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E1 5c *3
193Off Wid Emily's Bikini
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E2 5b **4
194Cereal Killer
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HVS 5b **3
195Geovah's TicknessHVS 5b 1
196Ice Box Prose
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HVS 5a * 
197Wine Box Chimney
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E1 5b * 
198Corn Choked Corner
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HVS 5a **2
199ApathetickVS 4c 1
200The Dip of DoomHVS 5a 1
201Refrigerator Poetry
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HVS 5a ** 
202Muses from Afar
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VS 4c *2
 The Galley 
204Washed Out Yummicks on the Road to TransitionHVS 5a **2
205Squidge
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D  
206Squiggle
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S 4a  
207Absolution
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E1 5b ** 
208The Hatman
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VS 4b  
209Retreat Unthinkable!
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E1 5a  
210Yob and Yag Go Climbing
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HVS 4c *1
211The Complete Works
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S 4a *3
212Anthology Arete
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HVS 5a *2
213The Abridged Version
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S 4a *2
214Wiggly Wall
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HVS 5a ***44
215Wu-Tang Forever
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E1 5b *3
216Conch Corner
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HVS 5a * 
217Winos in a Barren Land
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E3 5c ** 
218Wu-Tang Will Survive
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HVS 5a *2
219The Engine Room
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VS 4c  
 The Poop Deck 
221Poop
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VD *4
222One Last Look
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E4 6b ** 
223101 Damnations
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E7 6b *** 
224The Raven
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E5 6a ***25
225Thursday's Setting Sunrise
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E5 6a **8
226Don't Fool Yourself Girl
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E4 6b *1
227Bogus Asylum Seekers
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E3 6a ***18
228Corncrakes For Breakfast
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E2 5c ***81
229The Stowaway
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S 4a *4
230Incommunicado
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E2 5c *16
231Pause for Jaws
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E2 5c **19
232Human CargoHS 4b *34
233GeovannieE1 5b **41
234Pabbarotti
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E1 5b **33
235The Immigrant
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HS 4b *11
236Notorious BIG
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E3 6a ***26
237Wetter Than a Day at the Beach
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E1 5b ***69
238Who Shot RJ
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E2 5c **38
239Illegal Alien
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HVS 5a **61
240The Craik
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E3 6a ***36
241In the Pink
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E2 5b **8
242Castlebay Castaway
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VS 4c *4
243Party Kitchen
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E2 5c **1
 The Great Arch 
245Full Fathom Five
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E2 5c *1
246Northumbrian Rhapsody
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E5 6b **1
247Child of the SeaE5 6b ***5
248Hebridean Overtures
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E5 6b *** 
249Sturm und Drang
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E5 6b * 
250The Priest
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E1 5b ***88
251Prophecy of Drowning
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E2 5c ***194
252The Breath of LifeE3 6a ***1
253The Great Arch
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E8 6c *** 
254Crash Course
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E6 6b ***1
 Bouldering Cliff 
256The Obvious LineVD *1
257Not So ObviousS 4a *1
258Stating the ObviousHS 4b **1
259The ThumblerE2 6a **1
260The Shrinking MenE1 6a *1
 The Headwall 
262Leftie
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VS 4c ** 
263Das Ist Doch die Situation Heir
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S 4b * 
264Es Gibt Reis Baby
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HVS 5b **1
265Katzenklo
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VS 5a 1
266Geniestreich
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S 4b * 
267Chilly Dick
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VS 5a *1
268Telephonmann
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S 4a * 
269Pat and Patachon
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S 4b * 
270Orang Utang Klaus
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S 4b * 
271Snipe Corner
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S 4a  
272Shortbread Fingers
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S 4b *1
 An Cearcall 
274Nothing to Declare
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VD * 
275Customs and Exercise
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E1 5b * 
276Prophecy of Paddling
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E1 5b * 
 Palm Tree Wall 
278One Armed Bandit
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VS 5a  
279The Missing Arm
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VS 4c  
280Afternoon Showers
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E1 5b * 
281Thirty Metre Cheese Course
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HVS 5a * 
282Barra Crack
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VS 5a  
283The Frailty of LifeE2 5c **1
284Ta Mo Chridhe
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S  
285Black Guillemot
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VS 4b * 
286Mr Dressup
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S 4a  
 Allanish Walls 
28815 Minutes of Fun
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E1 5b **2
289Zen Left-Hand
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E2 5b ** 
290Zen and the Art of Corncrake Management
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E3 5c ** 
291Zen Direct
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E4 6a ** 
292Wee Free
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VD **2
293Corncrake Chorus
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HS 4b **1
294Escape from AllanishM **2
295The Cruel Sea
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VS 4c ** 
296Ripple Slab
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S 4a ** 
297Un-named
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VS 4c ** 
 Hoofer's Geo 
299Wee Bill
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S  
300More Whine and Whiskey
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HS  
301Tick Tack Toe
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VS 4c * 
302Boosh
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E5 6a **1
303Harry Hoofter
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E2 5c *1
304Bint There Dun ItE1 5b **34
305Hoofer's Route
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E1 5b ***52
306The Ramp
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HS 4b **16
307SkuaedHS 4b *1
308Cast and Shadow
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HVS 5a *3
309Right Chimney
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VD * 
310Hypnotise
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HVS 5a **28
311Ankle WrapperE2 5c 1
312Fracture Clinic
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E2 5c **34
313Squeeze Job
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HVS 5a *7
314Rite of Passage
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E4 6a *2
315Honey Trap
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E6 6a ** 
316More Lads and Molasses
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E5 6a **6
317Fear an Bhata
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E4 6a **1
318As Sound as Mr JA
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E2 5b **20
319JA's Maelstrom
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E4 5c *4
320Sugar Cane Country
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E4 6a ***91
321Brother Ray
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E5 6b **2
322Vitrified Cinders
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HVS 5b **5
323Buckets for Breakfast
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HVS 4c **19
 Hoofer's Headland (The Box) 
325Tick-tack
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VS 4c  
326Another Tick
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HVS 5a  
327Double Tick
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E1 5c  
 Small Box Geo 
329Midget Gem
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D * 
330Just a Tick
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HS 4b * 
331Windy Corner
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HS 4b * 
332Sudden Squall
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E2 5c * 
333Riff-Raff-Roof
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HVS 5b * 
334Headless Duck
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E1 5b * 
 Squall Wall 
336Squall Wall
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HS 4b * 
337Tempest
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VS 4c *1
338Eliminator
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HVS 5a * 
339Zephyr
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HVS 5a * 
340Soggy Cornflakes
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E3 5c 1
341Organised Band of ShowersHVS 5b **1

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