Owey Island (Blade)

Added: 2011-11-04
On the summit of Blade

 Sitting in the centre of Cadagharoan Bay is one of the most spectacular single pitch needle stacks in Ireland.

 It was named "Stackamillion" by the two polish climbers who came to Donegal to climb it in 2003 after seeing a picture of it on line. In 2008 Dave Millar and myself reclimbed their route.

 Access to the storm beach is by an abseil from the in situ (2008) stake on the clifftops at the back of the bay. Once on the beach gain and scramble up the top of the blocky plinth at the base of the stack, low to mid tide required.

 The route climbs the open book groove from the top of the plinth, with two insitu pegs. Once at the top of the groove pull out right ward and continue direct to the wee stance on the sub summit. We found the route to be an excellent if a tad scary E2 5B. 

 Descent of the stack is by abseil from the sub summit block.

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