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St John's Head being climbed

St John's Head, Hoy. June 2009. 3 Climbers tackled St John's head in an epic climb. Dropped off by boat and swam to the cliff face before starting the climb. This photo only shows the top quarter or so. They had been climbing for about a day and a half at this point. You might need to zoom in to spot them. It gives a good impression of just how big this cliff is.
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Picture added on 09 June 2011 at 21:13
That's no witty!
Added by Bruce Moar on 09 June 2011
"Thats no witty". I like that, it sums thinngs up nicely. It was all the more impressive in that they "free climbed". The ropes they have are only for safety if they fall. No pegs used at all. I believe that this was the first time it was free climbed all the way from the sea to the top. 3 great guys. Proper gents. They didn't want any publicity or fuss made. Had to take them to Longhope to let the doctor check them out after the climb. They were in a bit of a state, but I think that was more to do with the fulmar puke. (Covered head to toe in the stuff). After a good feed and plenty of Ale, they recovered well. They went out the following day and climbed Ben Doon and Fulmar Cavity on Rora Head just as a wind down. (Yes they are real names in the climbers guidebook)
Added by Stuart Flett on 15 June 2011
I was quite impressed until I saw their car partially hidden on the first ledge near the bottom right of the picture, or should I go to specsavers?
Added by Price Sinclair on 20 June 2011
Cars, meerkats, famous writers' profiles . . . What other wonders do the Hoy cliffs hold?
Anonymous comment added on 23 June 2011
I see the car too....nice bit of parking!
Added by Dave Dawson on 23 June 2011
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