and soak­ing up the wild aura at the re­mote, rugged sea cliffs of Eshaness, on Scot­land’s mag­i­cal Shetland Is­lands.

Climbing - - FACES -

The fea­tured route, Mary ( VS 4c; 5.8), is just one of many that weave up through the seem­ingly blank walls of py­ro­clas­tic breccia. An­des­tic tuffs and lava bombs cre­ated this rather frag­ile-look­ing ma­te­rial. The ex­plod­ing gases have re­sulted in an end­less ar­ray of pock­ets that take the odd cam. This route and oth­ers like it may not be phys­i­cally hard, but they are men­tally de­mand­ing con­sid­er­ing the re­mote­ness. The rock ar­chi­tec­ture also lends it­self to well-pro­tected cracks and groove lines. To date, there are more than 1,000 routes in the Shet­lands, many in the VS (5.8) to E1 (5.10) cat­e­gory and of­ten ex­ceed­ing 150 feet in length.

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