A short video of the amazing trad climbing potential on the island of Inis Mór in Ireland, featuring Steve McClure and Ricky Bell. Inis Mór is part of western Ireland’s Aran Islands and sits at the mouth of Galway Bay.
During a visit the unexplored cliffs of Inis Mór, England’s Steve McClure said: “I have never seen anything like it. There is more new route potential here that anywhere I’ve ever seen. Probably all put together.” Local Ricky Bell, one of the U.K.’s top trad climbers, is developing the area and there are currently less than 100 routes and the rock has been referred to as “totally perfect.”
While we can’t travel to Ireland just yet, once the world reopens this might have to be added to your list of trad climbing destinations. Watch a video of McClure’s visit below.
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Ricky Bell making the first ascent of Tiger Gorm (E7 6c) on Owey Island, Co. Donegal. Ricky says: "The arete is as steep as it looks. Gorm is Irish for blue, with the sea in stark contrast against the golden granite. Starting off a big ledge near the water the route takes a fat crack just out of shot, with some hard moves on crimps leading to some of the sexiest jugs in the west. Mighty thanks to Pat Nolan for the photo." Ricky will be the 'headline act' on Saturday eve at the 2016 Llanberis Tradfest. A weekend's celebration of north Wales trad climbing with @v12_outdoor. The dates for your diary are the 10th – 12th June. It'll be based at the Nant Peris campsite as usual and tickets will be on sale March/April. Last year's lecture by Leo Houlding is a tough act to follow, but we reckon the effervescent Irishman, Ricky Bell, is the man for the job. #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #tradclimbing #dmm_wales #dmmclimbing #ClimbNowWorkLater #tradisrad #climbing #Beristradfest