On top of the world! Man clambers to top of danger rock with stunning views across Scottish coast
Talk about feeling on top of the world! This man clambered to the top of a dangerous rock and was rewarded with stunning views across the Scottish coast.
Dave MacLeod, from Glasgow, braved the treacherous conditions to climb the Old Man of Storr – a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye, in Scotland.
The steep rocky cliff face is full of loose gravel, and one foot out of place could see climbers tumbling to their death – but daredevil Dave managed to make it to the top, where he was photographed by pal Dave Cuthbertson.
Professional rock climber Dave, 38, said: “This is the only time I’ve climbed the Storr – the rock is very loose so it’s quite a dangerous route, and has not had many ascents.
“I climbed it with a rope and harness, although the rock is not really sold enough for any standard climbing protection to hold – so it’s critical not to fall on this climb!
“It only an hour or two to climb.
“At the top it was extremely windy and very difficult to stand up on the summit of the pinnacle.
“The Isle of Skye is famous for its dramatic rock formations, and I’ve climbed most of them now – rock features like the Storr are a magnet for climbers.
“As well as the great cliffs, the isles are the most beautiful place I’ve visited anywhere in the world – there is nothing quite like the wildness, the colours and the different landscapes.
“I don’t think you could ever run out of new places to explore there.”