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

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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
1 Pieces of April
HVS 5a 4
2 No Footprints
VS 4c 3
3 Block Route
D 18
4 Thin Arete
VS 5a * 12
5 Third Party
VS 4c * 13
6 Allsorts
HS 3c * 15
Climb name Grade
7 Allsorts Direct Finish
HVS 5a 3
8 Hidden Agenda
E1 5c 3
9 Taco Bell
VS 4c 8
10 Duet
VS 4b ** 22
11 Hellfire Left-Hand
VS 5a * 8
12 Mother's Pride
E1 5b 5
Climb name Grade
13 Hellfire Corner
HS 4b ** 29
14 Smudges Doom
HS 4b 12
15 Biggles
E1 5c * 6
16 All Quiet
VS 5a 5
17 The Uncertainty Principle S 4a * 1

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