Dalriada Realisation

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Stephen Richardson - 11/08/2003

On Sunday 10th August Niall McNair made the third ascent of Dalriada on the North Peak of the Cobbler. After putting in a gallant effort on the Saturday Niall took a whipper just after the start of the main overhang on his onsight attempt. The famous Cobbler smeg proved all too much for the sloper pod. Not to be defeated by anything Niall bivied up in the Cobbler and waited for myself, Stephen Richardson, to come up from Glasgow on the Sunday morning. Niall spent the night making polite conversation with the local sheep and getting fired into his Whyte and MacKay.

After I lead Club Crack for a warm up Niall decided to jump on the route straight away, before the sun hit the Dalriada wall. After making quick work of the initial technical steep wall Niall found himself at the no hands rest just before the main overhang. From his whipper the day before Niall just decided to go for it, as he knew the gear was good. He speedily climbed past his high point from the day before and reached the first jug on the ridiculously overhanging wall. After a quick "This is F****** steep" he made progress through the wall. Whilst hanging on the wall getting steadily pumped Niall decided to take some time out and look about, as you do! Spotting some climbers on the famous Punsters Crack (Severe), he thought he would shout across some beta for them. Realising that he was still hanging on the steepest section of rock he quickly made it up to the second no hands rest, which involves crouching down on one leg looking past your feet straight down to Loch Long below. After a rest and some problem solving Niall cruised it across the headwall and to the comfort of the belay around 10am. His successful ascent resulted in couple of more whisky shots, just to keep him going.

Niall suggests a grade of E7 6b for an onsight attempt using the pegs available. One of the most impressive displays of a highly fit traditional climber I have ever witnessed.

Well done Niall.

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