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Climbs 357
Rocktype Gneiss
Altitude 139m a.s.l
Faces all

Under the Great Roof © Grahame N

Crag features

Along with its neighbouring islands, this is one of the best rock climbing destinations in Britain, as well as one of the most remote. Big, steep cliffs of beautiful gneiss in a stunning location, with some convenient smaller crags as well. World class.

Approach notes

Access requires a private boat. The island has been uninhabited since 1912 and is now owned by the National Trust. There is a designated camping area next to the ruins and above the bay on the east side of the island. Access to some sectors (Great Arch, Pink and Grey Walls) requires 100m abseil ropes.

The Outer Hebrides offer the best climbing in Britain.
Ian Jones - 30/Jun/10
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Bagh Ban Wall
2 Black Slab
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D  
3 Buns in the Oven
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VD  
4 Family Way
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D  
5 Black Cracks
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VD  
6 Ledge Route
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D  
  Rosinish Wall
8 Hass
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VD  
9 Hans
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VS 4c  
10 Lottie
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HVS 5b  
11 Taxi for Tam
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E3 6a  
12 Whaler's Wall
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E2 5b  
13 More Training Required
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E1 5b  
14 Plan B
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E3 5c ***  
15 The Perfect Mur D'Or
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E4 6a ***  
16 Autoclave
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HVS 5b *  
17 The Ethics Police
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E3 5c * 2
18 Rising Damp
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VS 4c * 2
19 Squeak
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E2 5c 1
20 Baby Don’t Hurt Me E1 5b *  
21 Thuggy Crystal
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HVS 5a * 4
22 No More Ticks
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HVS 4c  
23 The Whoop of the Aviator
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E1 5c  
24 Ticks Too
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VS 5a  
25 The Trouser's Last Stand
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VD  
26 Oh No, Not Another Tick!
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VS 4c 1
27 Wing 'n' Prayer
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E2 5c  
28 What is love? HVS 5a  
  Rubha Charnain an Ear
30 The Watcher in the Waves
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E1 5b *  
31 Minor Miner
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VS 4c *  
32 The Great Pabbay Rope Theft
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VS 4b  
33 The Wave Jumper
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VD  
34 The Seal of Approval
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HVS 5b  
35 Slap and Tickle
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S 4a  
  Small Buoys Geo
37 Time for a Cormorant
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VD  
38 Reprieve
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VD  
39 Re-tyred
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D  
40 Spare Rib
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S 4a  
41 First Groove
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S 4a 7
42 Wildlife on Two
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HS 4a 2
43 Third Groove
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VS 4b 2
44 Spicy Mayhem
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E1 5b *  
45 Designer Rib
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HVS 5a * 2
46 Deceptive Corner
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S 4a  
47 Easy Over
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E1 5b **  
48 Fascinating Waves
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HVS 5b *  
49 What Doing?
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E1 5b ** 2
50 Friends in Tibet
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VS 5a **  
51 Lobstered Ross
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VS 5a **  
52 Left Crack
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VD  
53 Right Crack
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D  
  Ruadh-Phort
55 Stalking the Corncrake
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VS 4c 2
56 Pleasant Rib
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S 4a  
57 Beach Bums
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VS 4c 1
58 Late
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VS 4c 6
59 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Toker HVS 5a 4
60 Lazybeds S 4a 5
61 Early
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S 4a 1
62 Later VD 3
63 37th Tick
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S 4a  
64 Far From the Funicular HVS 5a * 4
65 Dice Onions or Die HVS 5a 5
66 Sand Flies
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HVS 5a * 2
67 Serious Mooching
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VS 4c  
  Big Block Sloc
69 Let Sleeping Storks Lie
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E4 6a *** 11
70 Lifeline
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E3 5c *** 18
71 Immaculate Conception
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E2 5b *** 28
72 Head-Bred Ian
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E2 5c ** 6
73 Flawless Deception S * 2
74 Put a Sock in It
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VS 4c 1
75 Wee Bairns
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VS 4c  
76 Ammonia Topping
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VS 4c  
77 Maverick Phenomena
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HVS 5a 6
78 Ying
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VD  
79 Yang
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S 4a  
80 Yo
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D  
  Shag's Geo
82 Up Before the Beak
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E3 5c ***  
83 Deflated Flight
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VS 4c **  
84 Shags with Attitude
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E3 5c **  
85 Cracking Corner
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S 4a **  
86 Truly Stunning
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VS 4c **  
87 Quartz Waltz
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VS 4c  
88 Butterfly Kisses
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VS 4c **  
89 Wok on the Wild Side
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HS 4b  
90 Stealing Beauty
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HVS 5a *  
91 Mussel Crack
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S 4a  
92 Sweetness
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E1 5b **  
93 Hunting the Gripper
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VS 4c *  
94 Groovy Attitude
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VS 4b  
95 Splitting the Growler
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S 4a  
96 Barnacle Belay
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VS 4c *  
97 Now It's Freda's Turn
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VS 4c  
  The Bay Area
99 Baywatch
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E3 6a  
100 Stoney Middleton Lip
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E1 5c **  
101 Honorary Curbar
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E1 5c * 10
102 Irish Rover
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E3 6a *  
103 Rum, Sodomy and the Lash E3 5c * 19
104 Dogs of Law
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E4 6a * 5
105 The Roaring 40s
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E3 6a * 4
106 Rebel without a Porpoise
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E5 6a *** 2
107 Styloric Nites of Suberbarra (RwaP Direct Finish)
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E5 6a *** 6
108 The Pegmatite Finish E5 6a ** 1
109 The Herbrudean E5 6a *** 31
110 The Herbaloner
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E6 6b *  
111 Every Cormorant is a Potential Shag
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E7 6b *** 1
112 BART
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E5 6a * 4
113 Traverse of the Cods
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E6 6b **  
114 Jesus Don't Want Me as a Shelf Stacker E1 5b ** 10
115 Sea An-Enema E1 5b *** 36
116 Starboard Grooves VS 4b * 3
117 It's Not the Size that Matters...
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VS 4c  
  The Pink Wall
119 The Tomorrow People
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E4 5c *  
120 What the Eagle?
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E3 5b *  
121 Night Terrors
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E4 5c  
122 Tickled Pink
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E2 5b *  
123 Where Seagulls Dare
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E3 5c ** 12
124 Aukward Escape
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E4 6a ** 1
125 Raiders of the Lost Auk
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E3 5c ** 12
126 Fondue Macpac
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E6 6b ** 1
127 In Profundum Lacu
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E5 6a *** 28
Climb name Grade
128 The Bonxie
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E6 6b *** 10
129 Huffin' 'n' Puffin
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E6 6b ***  
130 Huffin' 'n' Puffin Direct E6 6b *** 2
131 I Suppose a Cormorant's Out of the Question Then?
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E5 6b *** 9
132 The Ancient Mariners
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E5 6a *** 31
133 What! No Mariners E5 6b *** 2
134 What! More Puffin?
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E6 6b *** 3
135 The Guga
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E5 6b *** 9
  The Grey Wall
137 E-up
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E2 5c 1
138 U
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E4 6a  
139 Oi
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E3 5c  
140 Bravura
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E7 6b ***  
141 Amber Nectar
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E5 6a *** 8
142 Elysium E4 6a *** 18
143 More Steam McPhail!
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E6 6a **  
144 Spit in Paradise E4 6a *** 18
145 U-Ei E2 5b *** 75
146 U-Ei Regained E2 5c *** 3
147 U-th E3 5c *** 24
148 Make Mine a Treble
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E2 5c ** 26
149 Paradise Regained
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E4 6a *** 12
150 The Three Mantras of Hesitation
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E3 6a  
151 Dopes on a Rope
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E1 5b  
  Banded Geo
153 My Neighbour
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HVS 5a  
154 Never Too Old
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E2 5b  
155 Dust My Credenza
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HVS 5a  
156 The Swabber HVS 5a 1
157 The 36th Chamber
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E4 6a 1
158 No Midges My Arse E5 6b 1
159 Redemption Ark
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E6 6b  
160 Chockarockaholic
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E2 5b ** 5
161 Fools Rush Out
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E1 5b **  
162 Flight of the Wibble-Wibble Bird
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E2 5c **  
163 Copper Got a Pollock
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E3 5c  
164 Parting Shot
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E5 6a * 1
165 Geomancer E6 6b *** 5
166 Ship of Fools E5 6a *** 17
167 The Fool of Ships
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E6 6b **  
168 Jonny Scuttlebutt
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E5 6a *** 5
169 Vomtanion and the Three Punterneers
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E5 6a **  
170 Strawberry Jellyfish
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E2 5b *  
171 Shambles E3 5c * 2
172 Endolphin Rush
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E3 5c *** 89
173 At the Drop of a Hat
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E3 5c *  
174 Blue Archipelago
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E3 5c ** 4
175 Spring Squill
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E1 5b *** 150
176 Fuhrer of the Sausage People
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E3 5c *  
177 Stealing a Seal's Gaze E1 5b ** 20
178 Oh No, Norman's in Reverse!
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HVS 5a * 4
179 Corncrake Corner
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HVS 5a * 5
180 Spooky Pillar
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HVS 5a ** 13
181 Oatcakes for Lunch HVS 5a ** 3
182 Chocolate Starfish
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HVS  
183 Wee Hottie
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E1 5b *  
184 Hyper Ballad
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E3 5c ** 12
185 Mollyhawk
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E1 5b ** 17
186 The Posture Jedi
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E1 5b ** 9
187 A Horizontal Desire
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E2 5c *  
188 Stretch It Out
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VS 4c *  
189 Warm Up
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S 4b *  
190 One Foot in the Grave
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VS 4c ** 1
191 Run Daftie Run
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HVS 5a  
192 Squat Thrust
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HS 4b  
193 Squat Thrust (Right Finish)
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HVS 5a  
194 Prominent Nasty-Looking Offwidth Groove
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E2 5b  
195 Blo' na Gael HVS 5a * 4
196 Wind Against Tide
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E1 5b ** 1
197 Wind Against Tide (Right Start)
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E1 5b ***  
198 Tide Race
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VS 4b ** 1
199 Cup Final
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VS 5a *  
200 Stiff Upper Lip
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VS 4c *  
201 Stiff Briese
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VS 4c ** 1
202 At Last
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VS 4c *  
203 Raindance E1 5b * 1
204 Beast It Like a Kipper
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VS 5a *  
205 Bald Eagle
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VD *  
206 Partial Bastard E3 6a * 4
207 Silver Fox
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HS 4b ** 7
208 Treasure Island
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VS 4b * 1
209 Grey Cossack
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HVS 5a * 11
210 Yob and Yag go Climbing - Part 2 E2 5b ** 8
211 Shags Direct E1 5c ** 1
212 Shags and the City HVS 5b * 3
213 The Elephant of Surprise
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HVS 5a * 5
214 Redundancy Man
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HVS 5a ** 29
215 Bye Bye to the Widows
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HVS 5b ** 27
216 Organised Band of Showers HVS 5b ** 1
217 Shipping Views
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E1 5b * 5
218 Off Wid Emily's Bikini
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E2 5b * 4
219 Geovah's Tickness VS 4c 2
220 Cereal Killer
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HVS 5b ** 3
221 Ice Box Prose
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HVS 5a *  
222 Wine Box Chimney
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E1 5b * 1
223 Corn Choked Corner
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HVS 5a * 3
224 Refrigerator Poetry
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HVS 5a ** 1
225 Muses from Afar
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VS 4c * 2
  The Galley
227 Squidge
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D  
228 Squiggle
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S 4a  
229 Absolution
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E1 5b 2
230 The Hatman
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VS 4b  
231 A Cream of White Sauces
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HVS 5a 2
232 Dream of White Faeces
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VS 4c *  
233 Retreat Unthinkable!
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E1 5a  
234 Yob and Yag Go Climbing
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E1 5b ** 2
235 Birthday Balloons
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HVS 4c  
236 Jesus Made Me Stumpy
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VS 4c **  
237 The Complete Works
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S 4a * 8
238 Anthology Arete
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HVS 5a ** 3
239 The Abridged Version
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S 4a * 3
240 Unnamed
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E2 5b **  
241 Wiggly Wall
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HVS 5a *** 43
242 Wu-Tang Forever
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E1 5b * 6
243 Conch Corner
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HVS 5a * 1
244 Winos in a Barren Land
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E3 5c **  
245 Wu-Tang Will Survive
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E1 5b * 3
246 The Engine Room
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VS 4c  
  The Poop Deck
248 Poop
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VD * 4
249 One Last Look
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E4 6b ** 1
250 101 Damnations
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E7 6b *** 1
251 The Raven
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E5 6a *** 29
252 Thursday's Setting Sunrise
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E5 6a *** 8
253 Don't Fool Yourself Girl
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E4 6b * 2
254 Bogus Asylum Seekers
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E3 6a ** 25
Climb name Grade
255 Soggy Cornflakes
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E3 5c 1
256 Corncrakes For Breakfast
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E2 5c ** 96
257 The Stowaway
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S 4a ** 6
258 Walking with Giants E3 5c 2
259 Big Al
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E2 5c *  
260 Incommunicado
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E2 5c * 22
261 Pause for Jaws
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E2 5c * 26
262 Human Cargo HS 4b * 42
263 Geovannie E1 5b * 51
264 Pabbarotti
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E1 5b ** 38
265 The Immigrant
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VS 4b * 15
266 Notorious BIG
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E3 6a ** 36
267 Wetter Than a Day at the Beach
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E1 5b ** 86
268 Who Shot RJ
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E2 5c ** 53
269 Tick on My Dick
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E1 5b  
270 Head and Heart
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E3 5c **  
271 Illegal Alien
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HVS 5a *** 75
272 The Craik
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E3 6a *** 40
273 In the Pink
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E2 5b ** 10
274 Castlebay Castaway
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VS 4c * 4
275 Party Kitchen
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E2 5c ** 1
  The Great Arch
277 Northumbrian Rhapsody
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E5 6b * 1
278 Child of the Sea E5 6b ** 5
279 Full Fathom Five
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E2 5c * 1
280 Sturm und Drang
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E5 6b  
281 Hebridean Overtures
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E5 6b *** 2
282 Out of the Womb
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HVS 5a  
283 The Priest
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E1 5b *** 95
284 Prophecy of Drowning
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E2 5c *** 145
285 The Breath of Life E3 6a ** 1
286 The Great Arch
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E8 6c ***  
287 Exit Stage Left
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E6 6a **  
288 Crash Course
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E6 6b 1
289 Memory Loss
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E2 5b  
  Bouldering Cliff
291 The Obvious Line VD * 2
292 Not So Obvious S 4a * 2
293 Stating the Obvious HS 4b ** 2
294 The Thumbler E2 6a ** 2
295 The Shrinking Men E1 6a * 2
  The Headwall
297 Leftie
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VS 4c ** 1
298 Das Ist Doch die Situation Heir
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S 4b *  
299 Es Gibt Reis Baby
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HVS 5b ** 2
300 Katzenklo
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VS 5a 2
301 Geniestreich
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S 4b *  
302 Telephonmann
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S 4a *  
303 Pat and Patachon
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S 4b *  
304 Chilly Dick
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VS 5a * 2
305 Orang Utang Klaus
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S 4b *  
306 Snipe Corner
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S 4a  
307 Shortbread Fingers
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S 4b * 1
  An Cearcall
309 Nothing to Declare
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VD *  
310 Customs and Exercise
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E1 5b *  
311 Prophecy of Paddling
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E1 5b *  
  Sloc Glansich
313 The Jaws of Hell
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E3 5b  
  Palm Tree Wall
315 One Armed Bandit
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VS 5a  
316 The Missing Arm
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VS 4c  
317 Afternoon Showers
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E1 5b  
318 Thirty Metre Cheese Course
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HVS 5a  
319 Barra Crack
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VS 5a  
320 The Frailty of Life E2 5c ** 1
321 Ta Mo Chridhe
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S  
322 Black Guillemot
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VS 4b  
323 Mr Dressup
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S 4a  
  Allanish Walls
325 Wee Free
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VD * 2
326 Corncrake Chorus
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HS 4b * 1
327 Kath's Chorus M * 2
328 Youth of Today
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HS 4a *  
329 Un-named
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VS 4c *  
330 Ripple Slab
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S 4a *  
331 The Cruel Sea
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VS 4c *  
332 Zen and the Art of Corncrake Management
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E3 5c *  
333 Zen Direct
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E3 6a *  
334 Zen Left-Hand
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E2 5c *  
335 15 Minutes of Fun
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HVS 5a 2
  Hoofer's Geo
337 Wee Bill
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S 1
338 More Whine and Whiskey
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HS 1
339 Tick Tack Toe
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VS 4c 1
340 Harry Hoofter
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E2 5c * 2
341 Bint There Dun It E1 5b ** 47
342 Hoofer's Route
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E1 5b *** 57
343 Boosh
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E5 6a ** 1
344 Signed, seal, delivered E7 6c ** 1
345 The Ramp
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HS 4b ** 19
346 Skuaed HS 4b * 1
347 Cast and Shadow
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HVS 5a 4
348 Right Chimney
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VD  
349 Retired Feet
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HVS 5a  
350 Hypnotise
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HVS 5a ** 37
351 Ankle Wrapper E2 5c 1
352 Fracture Clinic
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E2 5b ** 45
353 Squeeze Job
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HVS 5a * 9
354 Rite of Passage
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E4 6a 2
355 Honey Trap
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E5 6a **  
356 More Lads and Molasses
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E5 6a ** 6
357 As Sound as Mr JA
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E2 5b *** 28
358 Fear an Bhata
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E4 6a 1
359 JA's Maelstrom
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E4 5c * 4
360 Sugar Cane Country
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E4 6a *** 72
361 Brother Ray
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E5 6b ** 3
362 Vitrified Cinders
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HVS 5b ** 7
363 Buckets for Breakfast
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HVS 4c ** 22
  Small Box Geo
365 Midget Gem
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D 1
366 Just a Tick
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HS 4b 1
367 Riff-Raff-Roof
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HVS 5b 1
368 Windy Corner
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HS 4b  
369 Tick-tack
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VS 4c 1
370 Another Tick
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HVS 5a 1
371 Headless Duck
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E1 5b  
372 Sudden Squall
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E2 5c  
373 Double Tick
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E1 5c 1
  Squall Wall
375 Squall Wall
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HS 4b  
376 Tempest
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VS 4c 1
377 Eliminator
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HVS 5a  
378 Zephyr
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HVS 5a  
  Lingeigh Point
380 Seal Wall VD 1
381 Too Hard for the SMC S 1
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