E8 Action at Fairhead - Northern Ireland

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jun/2011
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Fairhead regular Ricky Bell has added an epic new route The Rathlin Effect (E8 6c) to the Rathlin Wall, Fairhead.

"It's without doubt the coolest line I've opened in Ireland. Long with some safe runouts and some amazing moves. It felt wild to climb!" enthused Ricky on his blog.

+Ricky Bell on his 60m epic new route The Rathlin Effect, 137 kbRicky Bell on his 60m epic new route The Rathlin Effect
© Craig Hiller / Hillerscapes

+Ricky Bell on his 60m epic new route The Rathlin Effect, 173 kbRicky Bell on his 60m epic new route The Rathlin Effect
© Craig Hiller / Hillerscapes
Route Description:

The Rathlin Effect *** 65m E8 6c

14/5/11 R. Bell, A.Moles

The beautiful prow of the Rathlin Wall.

Start up the corner to the left of Wall of Prey. A line of crimps lead across the top of the lichen wall and up to a triangular niche. Small nuts and good no.1 cam. Climb diagonally up and left to a hanging block with a letter box above. Swing up into the niche and climb the groove system on the arete in a spectacular situation. Move right around the last roof at an old rusty peg and then straight up past a very exposed boulder problem. The big foot ledge 8m below the top of the crag is a nice place to take a moment. Finish up the arete.

Speaking to UKC a few weeks prior to his successful ascent Ricky told us that:

"I was thinking it might be E9 but now I think E8...who knows/who cares -- I don't haha..it's just brilliant! 60m pitch... hard E7 into an airy E7 with a good rest in the middle..."

Ricky hasn't been the only one out on the hard routes though. Andy Marshall has made the second ascent (headpoint) of Ricky Bell's An Bealach Eile, E8 6c also at Fairhead.

+Ricky Bell nearing the top of The Rathlin Effect, 142 kbRicky Bell nearing the top of The Rathlin Effect
© Craig Hiller / Hillerscapes
+Ricky on the lower wall., 93 kbRicky on the lower wall.
© Craig Hiller / Hillerscapes

+Andy Marshall repeating An Bealach Eile, 154 kbAndy Marshall repeating An Bealach Eile
© Craig Hiller / Hillerscapes
+Andy Marshall repeating An Bealach Eile, 119 kbAndy Marshall repeating An Bealach Eile
© Craig Hiller / Hillerscapes


Ricky Bell is sponsored by Marmot, Scarpa, Zero-G Climbing

Andy Marshall is sponsored by Wild Country

Thanks go to Craig Hiller for his help with this report.

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