lead­ing the wildly ex­posed third pitch of Prophecy of Drown­ing (E2 5b, 5a, 5c, 5a; 5.10d) on the Great Arch on Scot­land’s Isle of Pab­bay.

Climbing - - FACES -

When Scot­tish climbers Kevin Howett and Gra­ham Lit­tle set siege to this sen­sa­tional sea arch back in 1996, they dis­cov­ered what is pos­si­bly the finest route of its grade in the Outer He­brides. The Lewisian gneiss en­coun­tered is top qual­ity, but will do its damnedest to shred your rope as you em­bark on the ter­ri­fy­ing 330- foot ab­seil ap­proach. It doesn’t take long for the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion to sink in as you gaze up from a lonely ledge above the sea and re­al­ize the eas­i­est es­cape route weighs in at E1 ( 5.10). Whilst none of the climb­ing is par­tic­u­larly hard on Prophecy, the steep­ness and ex­po­sure play on the mind, cre­at­ing a sense of ur­gency. For­tu­nately, there is al­ways gear at hand, which greatly di­min­ishes the fear fac­tor on the crux of the sen­sa­tional fin­ish­ing crack.

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