The Old Man of Stoer
Warm greetings Summit Posters on a cold but sunny day from Bristol in the UK!
Here's a short video I made about a recent trip to climb and film the super-classic Old Man of Stoer sea stack in the region of Sutherland in the Far North West of Scotland.
One of the "Big 3" sea stacks in Scotland, along with Am Buchaille and the Old Man of Hoy, this Old Man is reputed by many to be the finest of them all. And often with sea stacks you can sacrifice a bit of quality of climbing what with the associated guano, vegetation plus loose rock for the sake of adventure, but this is certainly not the case with this sandstone-tastic Torridonian beauty and it is an absolute delight to climb!
So with an "exciting scramble" to the base of the stack, followed by a tasty Tyrolean Traverse for maximum adrenaline flow, the classic VS 5a Original Route comprises 5 magical pitches of superbly rough grained climbing nirvana to the top of this 60 metre high behemoth. As an added bonus we were lucky to have a perfect day of weather with glorious sunshine and light winds so even Arnie the Drone took to the skies to have a buzz around the bay. Ironically the day before our ascent it had rained non-stop for 24 hours but the skies magically cleared overnight and the warm sun dried off the rock very quickly so even the notoriously damp and greasy 5a first pitch traverse was bone dry!
Anyway the entertainment was duly recorded so for anyone interested in viewing a short video featuring Tyrolean Traverses, time lapses, seals, sandstone shenanigans, eye-popping exposure plus some aerial drone footage then this is the story of our day:
All constructive feedback welcome, please feel free to share and hopefully it will inspire a few folks to head to the beautiful Sutherland region of Scotty and climb on one of the great sea stacks of the UK!
Cheers and happy Thursday! :-)