|Name:||Old Man of Hoy|
|Height:||137m / 449ft|
|Parent (Ma):||1550 Cuilags|
|RHB Section:||23: Orkney Islands|
|County/UA:||Orkney Islands (UA)|
|Maritime area:||Orkney - South|
|Class:||Hump, Tump (100-199m)|
|Grid ref:||HY 17626 00775|
|Summit feature:||small rock stool topped by 2 rock flags|
|OS map sheet(s):||(1:50k) 7|
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|GPS data:||show GPS entries for this hill|
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|Logged Descriptions (logged by 12 users)||By||Date of Ascent|
|Alan Whatley and I touched cairn simultaneously (our final P100m HuMP), Rick and Richard a few minutes later. Dry but v windy, a few fluffy puking fulmar chicks. Led by Tim Hamlet, R & R back roping us on the pitch 2 downclimb. Superb climb E1 5b***. Northerly of 2 cairns, on northerly part of stac, which seems gradually parting from rest! Been a stac since 1600s. Col at about 20m based on GPS and altimeter readings at sea and col.||RHW||29/07/2018|
|8 hours with a great bunch.||Alan Whatley||29/07/2018|
|A fine climb led by guide Tim Hamlet in company of Richard M, Rob W, Alan W. Led the first pitch and crossed the 5a traverse without backrope at rear of group having safeguarded those ahead. A good fight with the overhanging crack on top rope to Richard. Easier going from there using a tracer line back. Fine top corner pitch to summit and Highland Park 12 yr old to celebrate. Three abseil descent set by Tim and supported by Richard and myself to get the group down. The second ab from the Haven stance memorable, then a free 60m finale ab to the beach below. Bravo all.||nordicstar||29/07/2018|
|By the classic East face - original route. A very fine day out in the company of an enthusiastic team of Rick, Rob and Alan with Tim at the sharp end of the rope. A fine line, a little steep and strenuous in places but with ample angular holds and spacious stances in delightfully exposed positions. Congratulations to Rob and Alan on this their final HuMP. A 60m mainly free hanging abseil from the top of the 2nd pitch delivers you neatly to the sea level boulders at the base of the stac. Day of bright sunshine, scattered cumulus and a fierce 40mph southerly wind.||RichardM||29/07/2018|
|Pitches 1, 3 and 5 this time. Taking Steve up.||Kevin29035||04/07/2017|
|Got as close as the adjacent cliff top to take a photo of The Old Man himself and then take a selfie with him....just like a tourist! Realising only too well that the summit is beyond my reach.||ad-lib||11/06/2017|
|Led pitches 2 and 4. Superb day.||Kevin29035||21/07/2016|
|Like everyone else looked at it wistfully from the cliff.||Martin R||16/05/2012|
|Walked to cliffs with Theo. First of two visits.||Skerryvore||07/10/2004|
|Climbed up the standard tourist route, E1 5b, with Mick Tighe (leading) and Bruce Maltman during Assynt MRT training. I needed a tight rope to get over the crux. This was at the limit of my seconding ability and it felt great to be on the summit as the ferry went past :-)||assynt_bob||20/05/2000|
|Highly memorable! especially the diagonal abseil descent. With Pete Hemmings Easter 1990 during a brief high pressure good weather window.A wooden wedge was still there in the crux crack bashed into place by Rusty Baillie (with Bonington) in 1966 on the 1st ascent. Puffins on the ledges just feet away, and biscuit like big holds on the easy upper section and the shock of seeing daylight through the last crack, looking right through the stack! Wiki claims that map evidence hints that the stack is only 250 yrs old, and there is a painting from 1817 showing it with 2 'legs'
Bonington re-climbed it at the age of 80 and its been base-jumped off.||Chris Pearson||15/04/1990|
|We didn't encounter anyone else.||summitsup||15/06/1982|