Andy Marshall inspecting The Dark Side before his successful ascent.
© Craig Hiller / Hillerscapes Andy Marshall has climbed a new route on the Bingagapple area of Fairhead, Northern Ireland.
The Dark Side (E8 6c) takes the obvious orange wall right of the classic E4 Track of the Cat.
Commenting on the photography and climbing website Hillerscapes, Andy said:
"It's that sort of route that has gear but it's all behind flakes that flex. The quality of rock at the bottom is very flaky and very scary. The top half has solid holds and just gets uber scary with a mad long run out.
The ledges in the middle are a blessing and a hindrance as they provide a rest with a super view but man leaving it is hard knowing the top climbing is still to come.
This left me with real†mind games and I decided† I just had to get it done and stop thinking about it."
Thanks go to Craig Hiller of Hillerscapes for the photo.