Saturday, 10 October 2009

The Old Man of Storr

Standing on the summit of the Old Man of Storr, Skye. Photo by Cubby Images. Click it for a bigger image

A few weeks ago myself and Blair climbed the Old Man of Storr on Skye. I was waiting to get a picture of it from Cubby who came along for some shots to post it up. I found not a single trustworthy runner on the entire thing and more or less every hold was quite freely detachable. So I wouldn't recommend it for the faint hearted. We climbed it by Mick Fowler’s route on the north side, which seems to be the easiest method.

I stood on the top for about ten minutes so that Cubby could take a picture with each of his numerous cameras and lenses. It was pretty damn hard to stand up in a gusty gale and seriously added to the feeling of exposure perched on top of this Skye rocket.

One of those things you just have to climb, for some at least…

Blair enjoying the rotten, collapsing weetabix basalt. At least there were not many runners to take out.


  1. What's the story with the profil photo Davo? Where's the smile gone? Are you targeting Calvin Klein sponsoring?

  2. tried the Whillans route years ago, then graded HVS... failed dismally, pulling holds off at every turn.

    he *was* a hard man!

    what grade would you give the Fowler route?

  3. Any plans to climb on the Quiraing? For that matter, do you know if anyone has already? I don't see any obvious reference online to it having been climbed.