The Old Man of Hoy

The reason most climbers come to Orkney is The Old Man of Hoy. In fact he isn’t a very old man at all as he only became a rock stack sometime after 1750 and he had two legs separated by a rock arch in a painting of 1817. Now, however, the old man is a single rock stack. He has a bit of an overhang in the middle, like a lot of older men.

Here’s my aerial photograph from Tommy’s light aircraft:

The Old Man of Hoy

He is 137 metres high and wasn’t climbed until 1966. That’s 13 years after Everest.

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