Donegal 2016

Tyrolean Traverse

Tyrolean Traverse on Cruit Island


The Cunning Plan

   As always the cunning plan was to rig a suitably scary Tyrolean Traverse for Plan International, a global children's development charity working to lift millions of children and their families out of poverty in 51 developing countries. This was our fourth charity traverse for this organisation and they have always been slightly emotional, battered by the weather and great fun. This one was no different as the wind had been gusting at about 60 knots from the south-west for almost 48 hours prior to the event, which in turn had caused the sea to be a bit bouncy. Plans A and B were dismissed very early on the day in question as getting a group onto and off my initial chosen sea stacks for this mission would be a shade too epic.

Tyrolean Traverse rigging committee
The Rigging Committee

 This whole process took around two hours and by this time the troops had arrived and for a kick-off they climbed a couple of routes before the main event. Then one by one they sat on the cliff edge over an 80-foot drop over by this time white watered angry seas. An hour later everyone had rigged up, clipped in and flown across the void. Success :-)

The rock climbers arrive
The Rock Climbers arrive

Exit Point
The Tyrolean Traverse Exit Point

Tyrolean Traverse exit point
Ready to Step off the Edge

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Stepping off the Edge

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