Even getting to Pabbay is an adventure. Train to Oban, Calmac ferry to Barra, a night in Castlebay then Donald's converted fishing boat south from there. Donald dropped us off next to Pabbay's beautiful beach and waved goodbye, to be seen again (hopefully) a week later.
|Looking down to our camp next to Pabbay's beautiful beach|
That first afternoon, we took advantage of a good weather forecast to get across to the Banded Wall, a 60m wall of perfect, steep gneiss dropping straight into the sea. I did Spring Squill with Chris and Endolphin Rush with Malcolm, two brilliant routes that were the perfect reminder as to what islands climbing is all about. Endolphin Rush in particular sums up the style: probably only F6a+ or F6b and great holds and solid gear, but on a steep, exposed seacliff with basking sharks looking on.
|Me pulling through the upper section of Spring Squill (photo: Malcolm Airey)|
|Abseiling in to Prophecy of Drowning (photo: CHris Hingley)|
|Chris setting off up pitch 2 in glorious evening light...|
|... with the sun worryingly low in the sky!|
|A lot of air! Photos looking down and up from about the mid-point of the abseil (photos: Chris Hingley)|
Even the shorter stuff on Pabbay is very, very good. On the showery days, we climbed at the Bay area, Poop Deck, Hoofers Geo and Big Block Sloc. The appropriately-named Immaculate Conception was truly stunning, easily a four star route anywhere else in Scotland!
|Malcolm on an impressively smooth lead of Immaculate Conception|
|Looking out from the top of Hoofers Geo|