Weekend Whipper: Souter Sea Stack
Jamie McLevy takes a death-defying whipper on Souter Sea Stack, Fast Castle, Scotland.
“…the whole route was major brittle and chossy due to a harsh winter,” McLevy tells Rock and Ice. “Numerous holds peeled on me on me way
up and the gear placements were major run out.”
McLevy climbs 15 feet, finds a good placement, and continues up, despite the rock quality. “Most holds were peeling off in my hand,” he says. He places
a few “rubbish but better than nothing” pieces before two “decent” cams at the halfway point, around 50 feet.
He goes for a hold but it pops off and hurtles down to hit his belayer Jayson on the shoulder.
“Then I slip crash bang wholop down,” McLevy says. “The crack that I stuck the cams in pulled the slab which I put them in right off but the first nuts
I put in takes the worst of the speed off my fall.
“Yeah was a bit epic.”
McLevy escaped with a broken tibia, cuts and stitches. “…could of been a lot worse,” he says.
Happy Friday and stay safe out there this weekend.
Video submitted by Jamie McLevy.
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