In the wilds of County Donegal in northwest Ireland there sits a flattop peak called Muckish Mountain. The area is home to over 2,500 trad routes and another
10 lifetimes of unclimbed rock.
On the north side of Muckish, Patrick Tinney attempts to onsight FA a new trad line.
“The rock required no cleaning so I gave it a go,” he says.
On reaching the top, Tinney faces overhanging peat and grass. “There were no holds to finish on so I pulled on the grass, which ripped out and then I fell,”
he says. A 0.75 X4 cam catches the fall. “I had a lovely soft landing as the half ropes were new and the belayer Olaf Czuijko was alert to catch the
Tinney’s son Adam captured the action on camera.
Tinney has yet to return to finish the route since the weather hasn’t been dry since. “It takes two weeks of dry weather for the mountain routes to dry
and in the Donegal mountains that is sometimes hard to get,” he says.