Steve on Pitch 2
Steve approaching the summit
2 happy Old Men on an Old Man
Steve in space (yet again)
Another epic 4 hour drive to Scrabster on Monday night saw us catch the early morning ferry yesterday to Stromness on Orkney. Well, we had to run to catch it in time. Another ferry took us to Hoy and a taxi ride with the local "font of all knowledge" saw us at the Rackwick Bay Bothy. Although 2pm we went to have a look at The Old Man and with all things looking good we started pitch one at 3:45pm. Having watched the live climb in 1967, Steve had High Expectations for this route. We topped out at around 8pm and had to work out the abseils back down, scramble back up the cliff an walk back to the bothy arriving at 11:30pm, tired, hungry but well chuffed.
This route has it all, epic journey to get there, awkward down climb, 5 pitches, fulmar chicks vomiting at you (I still smell of it now), 3 scary abseils of which the last 50m is free hnaging in space and a book at the top to sign your name.