Climbs 317
Rocktype Gneiss

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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 immaculate gneiss in a stunning location, with some convenient smaller crags as well.

Although plenty of lower grade climbs do exist, it is generally recommended to be leading or at least pushing E2 in order to access the best of the place.

Approach notes

By 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.

Guidebooks

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
  Lengeigh Point
2 Seal Wall VD  
3 Too Hard for the SMC S  
  Rosinish Wall
5 Lottie
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HVS 5b  
6 Taxi for Tam
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E3 6a *  
7 More Training Required
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E1 5b  
8 The Ethics Police
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E3 5c * 2
9 Rising Damp
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VS 4c 2
10 Thuggy Crystal
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HVS 5a 4
11 Squeak
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E2 5c 1
12 The Whoop of the Aviator
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E1 5b *  
13 No More Ticks
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HVS 4c  
14 Ticks Too
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VS 4c  
15 The Trouser's Last Stand
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S 4a  
16 Oh No, Not Another Tick!
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VS 4c 1
17 Wing 'n' Prayer
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E2 5c  
  Evening Wall
19 Stalking the Corncrake
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VS 4c * 2
20 Pleasant Rib
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VD *  
21 Beach Bums
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VS 4c * 1
22 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Toker HVS 5a * 4
23 Lazybeds HS 4b * 3
24 Late
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VS 4c * 6
25 Early
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HS 4b * 1
26 Later D * 3
27 37th Tick
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S 4a *  
28 Far From the Funicular HVS 5a ** 3
29 Dice Onions or Die HVS 5a * 5
30 Sand Flies
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HVS 5a * 2
31 Serious Smooching
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VS 4c *  
  Small Buoys Geo
33 Time for a Cormorant
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VD *  
34 Reprieve
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VD *  
35 Re-tyred
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D *  
36 Spare Rib
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S 4a *  
37 First Groove
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S 4a 5
38 Wildlife on Two
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VS 4b * 1
39 Third Groove
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VS 4b * 1
40 Spicy Mayhem
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E1 5b *  
41 Designer Rib
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E1 5a 2
42 Deceptive Corner
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S 4a *  
43 Easy Over
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E1 5b *  
44 What Doing?
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E1 5b ** 2
45 Friends in Tibet
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VS 5a *  
46 Lobstered Ross
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VS 5a  
47 Left Crack
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VD *  
48 Right Crack
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D *  
  Big Block Sloc
50 Let Sleeping Storks Lie
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E5 6a ** 10
51 Lifeline
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E3 5c *** 15
52 Immaculate Conception
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E2 5c *** 22
53 Head-Bred Ian
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E2 5c ** 6
54 Put a Sock in It
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VS 4c  
55 Ammonia Topping
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VS 4c  
56 Maverick Phenomena
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HVS 5a ** 2
57 Wee Bairns
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VS 4c  
58 Two Skulls in the Sunset
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VS 4c *  
  The Bay Area
60 Rum, Sodomy and the Lash E3 5c * 16
61 Dogs of Law
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E4 6a * 5
62 Honorary Curbar
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E1 5b * 9
63 The Roaring 40s
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E3 6b * 4
64 Rebel without a Porpoise
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E5 6a ** 1
65 Rebel without a Porpoise Direct Finish
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E5 6a *** 4
66 Rebel without a Porpoise Pegmatite Finish
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E5 6a **  
67 The Herbrudean E5 6a *** 26
68 The Herbrudean Direct Finish E6 6a 1
69 The Herbaloner
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E6 6b *  
70 Every Cormorant is a Potential Shag
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E7 6b *** 1
71 BART
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E5 6a ** 1
72 Jesus Don't Want me as a Shelf Stacker E1 5c ** 9
73 Sea An-Enema E1 5b *** 27
74 Starboard Grooves HS 4b * 3
75 It's Not the Size that Matters...
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VS 4c  
  Shag's Geo
77 Up Before the Beak
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E3 5c **  
78 Deflated Flight
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VS 4c *  
79 Shags with Attitude
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E3 5c **  
80 Cracking Corner
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S 4a **  
81 Truly Stunning
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VS 4c *  
82 Quartz Waltz
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VS 4c *  
83 Butterfly Kisses
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VS 4c **  
84 Wok on the Wild Side
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HS 4b  
85 Stealing Beauty
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HVS 5a *  
86 Mussel Crack
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S 4a *  
87 Sweetness
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E1 5b **  
88 Hunting the Gripper
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VS 4c *  
89 Groovy Attitude
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VS 4b *  
90 Splitting the Growler
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S 4a *  
91 Barnacle Belay
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VS 4c *  
92 Now It's Freda's Turn
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VS 4c *  
  The Pink Wall
94 What the Eagle?
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E3 5b **  
95 The Tomorrow People
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E4 5c *  
96 Tickled Pink
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E2 5b *  
97 Aukward Escape
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E4 6a ** 1
98 Where Seagulls Dare
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E3 5c ** 12
99 Raiders of the Lost Auk
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E4 5c ** 12
100 Fondue Macpac
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E6 6b ** 1
101 In Profundum Lacu
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E5 6a *** 23
102 The Bonxie
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E6 6b *** 10
103 Huffin' 'n' Puffin
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E6 6b ***  
104 Huffin' 'n' Puffin Direct E6 6b *** 2
105 What! More Puffin
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E6 6b *** 1
106 I Suppose a Cormorant's Out of the Question Then?
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E5 6b *** 7
107 The Ancient Mariners
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E5 6a *** 26
108 What! No Mariners E5 6b *** 2
109 What! No Puffin
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E6 6a *** 2
110 Guga
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E5 6b *** 7
  The Grey Wall
112 Amber Nectar
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E5 6a *** 8
113 Elysium E4 6a *** 18
114 U
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E4 6a *  
115 E-up
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E2 5c * 1
116 Oi
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E3 6a *  
117 Bravura
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E7 6b ***  
118 Spit in Paradise E4 6a *** 15
119 More Steam McPhail!
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E6 6a ***  
120 U-Ei E2 5b *** 64
121 Pirates in Paradise E2 5c ** 1
122 U-TH E3 5c *** 24
123 Mixmaster Snipe
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E1 5b ** 24
124 Paradise Regained
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E4 6a *** 8
  Yellow Wall
126 The Three Mantras of Hesitation
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E3 6a *  
127 Dopes on a Rope
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E1 5b *  
  The Cave
129 Redemption Ark
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E6 6b ***  
  Banded Wall
131 The 36th Chamber
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E4 6a * 1
132 Chockarockaholic
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E2 5b ** 3
133 Fools Rush Out
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E2 5b *  
134 Flight of the Wibble-Wibble Bird
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E2 5c *  
135 Unnamed
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E2 5b **  
136 Geomancer E6 6b *** 5
137 Parting Shot
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E5 6a ** 1
138 Jonny Scuttlebutt
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E5 6a *** 4
139 Vomtanion and the Three Punterneers
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E5 6a **  
140 Strawberry Jellyfish
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E2 5b *  
141 Archipelago
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E3 5c ** 1
142 Ug-Spudchucker
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E3 5c *  
143 Fat Les
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E3 5c *  
144 Ship of Fools E5 6a *** 17
145 At the Drop of a Hat
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E3 5c *  
146 Blue
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E2 5b *  
147 Fuhrer of the Sausage People
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E3 5c *  
148 Shambles E3 5c * 2
149 Endolphin Rush
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E3 5c *** 87
150 Endolphin Direct E3 5c *** 2
151 Adenosine Tri-Harder E4 6a * 1
152 Spring Squill
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E1 5b *** 130
153 Stealing a Seal's Gaze E1 5b * 16
154 Oh No, Norman's in Reverse!
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HVS 5a * 2
155 Corncrake Corner
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HVS 5a ** 3
156 Spooky Pillar
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HVS 5a * 12
157 Oatcakes for Lunch E1 5b ** 3
158 Wee Hottie
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E1 5b *  
159 Hyper Ballad
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E2 5c ** 8
160 Mollyhawk
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E1 5b ** 10
161 The Posture Jedi
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E2 5c ** 3
162 A Horizontal Desire
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E2 5c *  
163 Stretch It Out
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VS 4c *  
164 Warm Up
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S 4b *  
165 One Foot in the Grave
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VS 4c ** 1
166 Run Daftie Run
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E1 5b **  
167 Squat Thrust
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HS 4b *  
168 Squat Thrust (Right Finish)
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HVS 5a **  
169 Prominent Nasty-Looking Offwidth Groove
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E2 5b **  
170 Blo' na Gael HVS 5a * 4
171 Wind Against Tide
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E1 5b ** 1
172 Wind Against Tide (Right Start)
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E1 5b **  
173 Tide Race
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VS 4b ***  
174 Cup Final
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VS 5a *  
175 Stiff Upper Lip
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VS 4c *  
176 Stiff Briese
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VS 4c **  
177 At Last
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VS 4c *  
178 Bald Eagle
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VD *  
179 Partial Bastard E3 6a * 4
180 Raindance E1 5b * 1
181 Beast It Like a Kipper
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VS 5a *  
182 Silver Fox
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HS 4b ** 6
183 Treasure Island
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VS 4b *  
184 Grey Cossack
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VS 4c * 3
185 The Curious Bulge
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HVS 5a 7
186 Yob and Yag go Climbing - Part 2 E2 5b ** 7
187 Shags and the City HVS 5b * 3
188 Shags Direct E1 5c ** 1
189 The Elephant of Surprise
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HVS 5a ** 5
190 Redundancy Man
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HVS 5a *** 25
191 Bye Bye to the Widows
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HVS 5b *** 24
192 Shipping Views
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E1 5c * 3
193 Off Wid Emily's Bikini
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E2 5b ** 4
194 Cereal Killer
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HVS 5b ** 3
195 Geovah's Tickness HVS 5b 1
196 Ice Box Prose
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HVS 5a *  
197 Wine Box Chimney
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E1 5b *  
198 Corn Choked Corner
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HVS 5a ** 2
199 Apathetick VS 4c 1
200 The Dip of Doom HVS 5a 1
201 Refrigerator Poetry
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HVS 5a **  
202 Muses from Afar
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VS 4c * 2
  The Galley
204 Washed Out Yummicks on the Road to Transition HVS 5a ** 2
205 Squidge
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D  
206 Squiggle
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S 4a  
207 Absolution
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E1 5b **  
208 The Hatman
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VS 4b  
209 Retreat Unthinkable!
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E1 5a  
210 Yob and Yag Go Climbing
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HVS 4c * 1
211 The Complete Works
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S 4a * 4
212 Anthology Arete
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HVS 5a * 2
213 The Abridged Version
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S 4a * 2
214 Wiggly Wall
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HVS 5a *** 38
215 Wu-Tang Forever
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E1 5b * 5
216 Conch Corner
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HVS 5a *  
217 Winos in a Barren Land
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E3 5c **  
218 Wu-Tang Will Survive
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HVS 5a * 2
219 The Engine Room
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VS 4c  
  The Poop Deck
221 Poop
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VD * 4
222 One Last Look
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E4 6b **  
223 101 Damnations
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E7 6b ***  
224 The Raven
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E5 6a *** 25
225 Thursday's Setting Sunrise
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E5 6a ** 8
226 Don't Fool Yourself Girl
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E4 6b * 1
227 Bogus Asylum Seekers
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E3 6a *** 17
228 Corncrakes For Breakfast
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E2 5c *** 80
229 The Stowaway
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S 4a * 4
230 Incommunicado
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E2 5c * 18
231 Pause for Jaws
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E2 5c ** 20
232 Human Cargo HS 4b * 37
233 Geovannie E1 5b ** 41
234 Pabbarotti
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E1 5b ** 33
235 The Immigrant
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HS 4b * 13
236 Notorious BIG
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E3 6a *** 31
237 Wetter Than a Day at the Beach
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E1 5b *** 69
238 Who Shot RJ
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E2 5c ** 38
239 Illegal Alien
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HVS 5a ** 63
240 The Craik
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E3 6a *** 35
241 In the Pink
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E2 5b ** 8
242 Castlebay Castaway
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VS 4c * 4
243 Party Kitchen
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E2 5c ** 1
  The Great Arch
245 Full Fathom Five
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E2 5c * 1
246 Northumbrian Rhapsody
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E5 6b ** 1
247 Child of the Sea E5 6b *** 5
248 Hebridean Overtures
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E5 6b ***  
249 Sturm und Drang
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E5 6b *  
250 The Priest
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E1 5b *** 76
251 Prophecy of Drowning
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E2 5c *** 210
252 The Breath of Life E3 6a *** 1
253 The Great Arch
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E8 6c ***  
254 Crash Course
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E6 6b *** 1
  Bouldering Cliff
256 The Obvious Line VD * 1
257 Not So Obvious S 4a * 1
258 Stating the Obvious HS 4b ** 1
259 The Thumbler E2 6a ** 1
260 The Shrinking Men E1 6a * 1
  The Headwall
262 Leftie
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VS 4c **  
263 Das Ist Doch die Situation Heir
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S 4b *  
264 Es Gibt Reis Baby
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HVS 5b ** 1
265 Katzenklo
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VS 5a 1
266 Geniestreich
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S 4b *  
267 Chilly Dick
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VS 5a * 1
268 Telephonmann
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S 4a *  
269 Pat and Patachon
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S 4b *  
270 Orang Utang Klaus
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S 4b *  
271 Snipe Corner
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S 4a  
272 Shortbread Fingers
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S 4b * 1
  An Cearcall
274 Nothing to Declare
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VD *  
275 Customs and Exercise
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E1 5b *  
276 Prophecy of Paddling
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E1 5b *  
  Palm Tree Wall
278 One Armed Bandit
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VS 5a  
279 The Missing Arm
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VS 4c  
280 Afternoon Showers
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E1 5b *  
281 Thirty Metre Cheese Course
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HVS 5a *  
282 Barra Crack
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VS 5a  
283 The Frailty of Life E2 5c ** 1
284 Ta Mo Chridhe
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S  
285 Black Guillemot
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VS 4b *  
286 Mr Dressup
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S 4a  
  Allanish Walls
288 15 Minutes of Fun
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E1 5b ** 2
289 Zen Left-Hand
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E2 5b **  
290 Zen and the Art of Corncrake Management
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E3 5c **  
291 Zen Direct
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E4 6a **  
292 Wee Free
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VD ** 2
293 Corncrake Chorus
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HS 4b ** 1
294 Escape from Allanish M ** 2
295 The Cruel Sea
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VS 4c **  
296 Ripple Slab
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S 4a **  
297 Un-named
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VS 4c **  
  Hoofer's Geo
299 Wee Bill
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S  
300 More Whine and Whiskey
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HS  
301 Tick Tack Toe
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VS 4c *  
302 Boosh
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E5 6a ** 1
303 Harry Hoofter
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E2 5c * 1
304 Bint There Dun It E1 5b ** 35
305 Hoofer's Route
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E1 5b *** 52
306 The Ramp
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HS 4b ** 16
307 Skuaed HS 4b * 1
308 Cast and Shadow
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HVS 5a * 3
309 Right Chimney
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VD *  
310 Hypnotise
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HVS 5a ** 29
311 Ankle Wrapper E2 5c 1
312 Fracture Clinic
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E2 5c ** 35
313 Squeeze Job
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HVS 5a * 7
314 Rite of Passage
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E4 6a * 2
315 Honey Trap
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E6 6a **  
316 More Lads and Molasses
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E5 6a ** 6
317 Fear an Bhata
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E4 6a ** 1
318 As Sound as Mr JA
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E2 5b ** 22
319 JA's Maelstrom
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E4 5c * 4
320 Sugar Cane Country
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E4 6a *** 98
321 Brother Ray
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E5 6b ** 2
322 Vitrified Cinders
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HVS 5b ** 5
323 Buckets for Breakfast
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HVS 4c ** 19
  Hoofer's Headland (The Box)
325 Tick-tack
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VS 4c  
326 Another Tick
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HVS 5a  
327 Double Tick
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E1 5c  
  Small Box Geo
329 Midget Gem
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D *  
330 Just a Tick
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HS 4b *  
331 Windy Corner
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HS 4b *  
332 Sudden Squall
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E2 5c *  
333 Riff-Raff-Roof
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HVS 5b *  
334 Headless Duck
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E1 5b *  
  Squall Wall
336 Squall Wall
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HS 4b *  
337 Tempest
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VS 4c * 1
338 Eliminator
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HVS 5a *  
339 Zephyr
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HVS 5a *  
340 Soggy Cornflakes
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E3 5c 1
341 Organised Band of Showers HVS 5b ** 1

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