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Rocktype Sandstone (hard)

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Frog Stroker, Mid Clyth. © atibbs

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More great Caithness climbing, especially around the concentrated "Stack" area. Criminally left out of Gary's Scottish Rock guide (to make space for longwinded descriptions of obscure E6s he did the second ascent of and a load of micro-routes on Mull etc), but well worth a visit, for the seal colony as much as the routes.

Worth noting that the climbs from Maelstrom to The Kings Pyjamas seep and have run off early in the year as there is boggy ground above them.
gforce - 19/Apr/15
One of the best climbing areas north of Inverness, certainly the best on the Caithness coast.
Steve Perry - 31/May/12
Shame Clithoral Hood has not been allowed in. Great name!
Ian Jones - 29/Aug/11
Ha! Ha! I agree with the moderator's comments regarding Gary's guide. This place should be in!
Ian Jones - 14/Jun/11
Superb crag in a fabulous setting.
Ian Jones - 13/Jun/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  North Geo
2 Cormorant Crumble
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E1 5b  
3 Lunchtime Shag
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HS 4c  
4 Guillemot Hotpot
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VS 4c  
  Lighthouse Wall
6 Aqualung
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S 4b  
7 Rapture of the Deep
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HVS 4c *** 3
8 Barking Spider
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HVS 5a  
9 Wish You Were Here
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E1 5b  
10 Trimby's Trembler
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HVS 5a  
11 Bruce and Sheila's
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HVS 5a  
12 An Ataireachd Ard
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VS 4c  
13 Wave Riders * E1 5a *** 2
  The Shelf
15 Circle Line
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VS 4c 1
16 Le Petit Balcon * HVS 5a ** 1
  Stack Area - Skerry Mor
18 Strange Attractor
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E1 5b ** 3
19 Giant
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VS 4b ** 24
20 Maelstrom
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HVS 5a *** 17
21 Falling from Grace
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E2 5b *  
22 Incubus
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E3 5c *** 2
23 Impending Doom
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E5 6a ***  
24 Battle of the Bulge
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E4 6a ***  
25 The Fearful Void
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E3 5c *** 2
26 Raccoon Kicker
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HVS 5a 1
27 The King's Pyjamas E2 5c *** 5
28 The Annunciation
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E2 5b ** 9
29 Sprockletop
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VS 4c *** 35
Climb name Grade
30 Two Lost Souls
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E1 5b * 10
31 Captain Sensible
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HVS 5a 2
32 Criticality
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S 5
33 Comedy of Thirst
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E2 5b 1
34 Freak Power
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E2 6a  
35 John's Peel
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S * 7
36 Simon Says
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E2 5c ** 6
37 First Passed the Post
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E2 5b ** 7
38 Pumping Hot
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E3 5c * 2
39 Shallow chimney
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VS 4c *** 21
40 The Pancake Place E4 6b * 1
41 Silverfish
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E1 5b ** 5
42 Layback Crack
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VS 4c ** 7
43 Doomsday * E6 6a *** 1
  Inset Wall
45 Diagonal
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S 4b  
46 Susan
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E2 5c *** 10
47 Mug's Game
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HVS 5a *** 16
48 Theatre of Cruelty
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E2 5b *** 14
49 Blood Hunt
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HVS 5a 2
50 Frog stroker
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HVS 5a *** 15
51 Hammer House
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E4 5c *  
52 Stage Fright * E2 5c  
  South Bay
54 Steerpike
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HVS 5a 1
55 Knuckle
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VD 1
56 Small North European Mammal
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S 4b  
57 Adagio
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VS 4c  
58 Allegro
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VS 4c  
Climb name Grade
59 Oxter
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S *** 10
60 Tango
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HVS 5a 1
61 Friends in High Places E4 5b * 1
62 Love is Suicide * E3 5b * 1
  Over The Water
64 Velvet Scooter
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S 4b  
65 Mac-attacked
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S 4b ** 1
66 Electric Aardvark
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VS 4c  
67 Crispy Aromatic Duck
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VD  
68 Drawbridge
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S 4b  
69 D.I.Y.
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VS 4c  
70 Keystone
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S 4a  
  Overhanging Wall Area
72 Psychedelic Wall
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HVS 5a  
73 Slowboat
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VD 1
74 Indeanola Blues
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S 4b 1
75 Crossroads
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HVS 5a **  
76 Acceptance
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E1 5b ** 1
77 Thanksgiving
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E1 5b 1
78 Seal Bomber
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E2 5c  
79 Stilt
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HS 4b 1
80 Stone Crazy
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VS 4c  
81 Off the Lip
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VS 4c 2
82 Bonxie
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VD 3
83 Flogging a Dead Calf
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E1 5a  
84 The Water Boys * E2 5c ** 2
85 A Wing and a Prayer * E2 5b ** 1
86 Amateur Operatics * E3 5c ** 2
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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