Climbing isn’t just all about the rocks… in my opinion. Climbing is about getting away from it all. Leaving the built up towns, the congestion, the chaos that comes with modern life and losing yourself in nature. It is like a mini adventure in my mind.
As you see above our five star accommodation on Cruit island in Co. Donegal. It was just perfect for a get away, with the Craig a mere five steps away.
Also a great place to learn how to trad climb (place gear into the rock in order to climb up) with short climbs and a soft landing to boot
We set up camp and had our own private beach to enjoy with a full sky of stars, good company and a few beers.
A toasty fire to keep us warm
A hungry Vixen to add o the company!
We called it an early night to get up bright and early to give us time for a good breakfast. We fueled ourselves for the five step hike to the criag the next morning.
There was a lot of variety of climbs.
- H For Hard
- HS For Hard Severe
- S For Severe
- VS for Very Severe
- HVS Hard Very Severe
- Then I think you are onto E territory, E standing for Extreme.
I climb my very first VS and was very pleased with myself… okay I lied. I second it but If you have been reading my blogs you would know that it had taken me nearly six months to learn how to tie a figure of eight. So no way was I going to be allowed near any gear. This was back in the end of May. Still early days as I started climbing in December.
Create a guide book and they will come…
Other climbers arrived down on the beach and set up camp. Adding to the vibe and making the place feel like our own climbing community. That in itself is what I love about climbing. I find it a very inclusive sport with the most friendly of people. All willing to give a belay or offer some coffee.
Cruit Island although a long travel journey. It takes in the van roughly between 5-6 hours from Dublin, it is well worth the trip! We were lucky in that the weather was fantastic. So warm in fact that I jumped into the sea to cool off from climbing in the sunshine.
The surrounding area were picturesque too.
To summarize a most enjoyable trip. A spot I would love to return to and get back on to place some gear of my own.