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The Sea Monsters of Donegal

© Iain Miller
An Bhuideal  © Iain Miller
An Bhuideal
© Iain Miller
Iain Miller has been active off the coast of Donegal, Ireland.

With several first ascents over the last year of some of the West coast's most imposing sea stacks, Iain has racked up a list of routes that even Mick Fowler would be proud of.

Particular highlights have been:

  • Dan Osman RIP,   **   XS 4a - "no gear and awesome atmosphere"
  • Realm of the Senses,   Severe - "a superb ramp and deep grot grovel to the summit"
  • An Port (North) - "Extreme caution required, this sea passage is very atmospheric"

Although most routes are not in the extreme grades, Iain warns "It is worth bearing in mind that most of these beasts require varying lengths of sea passage to access their base".

  • For more info on these routes you can see the full new route descriptions in this UKC Article

Cnoc Na Mara (climbers on 3rd pitch), Lurking Fear and Tormore Island, Donegal  © iain miller
Cnoc Na Mara (climbers on 3rd pitch), Lurking Fear and Tormore Island, Donegal

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12 May, 2009
So spoilt for choice over there Iain..... Glad to see you're having loads of fun. Keep up the good work and there are still loads more to go! The shot of Cnoc Na More is great, especially with all of you en-route part way up and your wee boat down the bottom. Why is it that most of your ascents involve raging cauldrons of sea? But then that's part of it isn't it? Watch out for the one than now has my cairn on top. Have you found it yet? ;o)
12 May, 2009
Raises the question- how many unclimbed sea stacks or pinnacles are there left in the British Isles??? Interesting article and great photos by the way. Keep at it!
13 May, 2009
Nice one for reporting these. How about some of the FA tales too as they make fantastic reading?
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