Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Fairfax contemplating the difficulties of a first fish ascent of the "Old man of Stoer" © Mark Davis
The classic and popular sea stack (not to be confused with the Old Man of Storr on Skye!)
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).
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
|1||Original Route||VS 5a ***||827|
|2||Diamond Face Route||E1 5b ***||54|
|E3 6a **||1|
|5||Ring of Bright Water||
|6||Tall Stoeries||E4 6a ***||5|
|7||The Un-Original Start||HVS 5a *|
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