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Climbs 7
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 10m a.s.l

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Fairfax contemplating the difficulties of a first fish ascent of the "Old man of Stoer" © Mark Davis

Crag features

The classic and popular sea stack (not to be confused with the Old Man of Storr on Skye!)

Approach notes

Tidal and wind affected. Park near the lighthouse and walk along the cliff-tops. Scramble down to the platform opposite the base of the stack.

A Tyrolean traverse is required to access the stack. If one is not in place then a swimmer (preferably a volunteer) is needed in the party. Bring enough rope to leave a Tyrolean in place and carry out the descent abseil (60m ropes advisable). (UPDATE 28/8/18 - Tryolean now very frayed and will need renewed. Would reccomend checking tide times as it may now be required to wade/swim across).

At spring low tides and with a small swell it is possible to step/wade across to the base of the stack on the right hand side (facing out).  You can scramble around (anti-clockwise) to the top of pitch 2 of the "Ordinary Route".

As of 15/July/2015, All belay and ab tat in very good condition, although the stack side Gear for The Tyrolean could do with some work.
Barry Harper - 18/Jul/15
All belay/ab tat in very good nick as of 20JUL2013, probably due to recent filming here. Landward bolt is chopped. Stack side pegs are hanging on for now!
Dave 88 - 23/Jul/13
Main hazard is fulmar chicks - despite taking advice from RSPB beforehand as to best time to do it - we still got the projectile fish vomit!
ExplorerOL13 - 26/May/07
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
1 Original Route VS 5a *** 602
2 Diamond Face Route E1 5b *** 74
Climb name Grade
3 Missing Link
E2 6a 3
4 North-West Corner
E3 6a ** 2
Climb name Grade
5 Ring of Bright Water
E1 5b  
6 Tall Stoeries E4 6a *** 3

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