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Name:Old Man of Hoy
Hill number:4927
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:HY176007 (est)
Col:15m  HY176007  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 7
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 8 users)ByDate of Ascent
Pitches 1, 3 and 5 this time. Taking Steve up.Kevin2903504/07/2017
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
Led pitches 2 and 4. Superb day.Kevin2903521/07/2016
Like everyone else looked at it wistfully from the cliff.Martin R16/05/2012
Walked to cliffs with Theo. First of two visits.Skerryvore07/10/2004
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_bob20/05/2000
.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 was painted with 2 'legs' in 1817, and could topple any time soon? Bonington re-climbed it at the age of 80 and its been base-jumped off.Chris Pearson15/04/1990
We didn't encounter anyone else.summitsup15/06/1982