Friday 13 December 2019

Daredevil Donegal climber makes one of 2015's top solo ascents

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Pól Ó Conghaile

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A Donegal-based climber's ascent of Cnoc na Mara in Donegal is one of the top three solo climbs of 2015.

That's according to extreme sports channel Epic TV, which has named Iain Miller's 152m ascent of the sea stack as the year's third-best solo climb.

"Iain from Scotland has been free soloing the sea stacks of Ireland for some time now and luckily for us he takes his GoPro along with him..." it says.

You can watch a vertigo-inducing video of the climb above.

Epic's top two climbs were both recorded in Patagonia - by Canadian climbers Marc Andre Leclerc and Brette Harrington.

"This is a massive thumbs-up for an extremely obscure climb in an unknown climbing area," Miller told Travel.

"When I first saw this 100m sea stack... it was the inspiration to climb every unclimbed sea stack in Donegal," he says on his website,

"It is easily an equal to the mighty Old Man of Hoy off the Orkney Islands."

"Gaining the summit is like being reborn into a world where anything is possible... it truly is a surreal and magical place to be," he adds.

"These may not be the hardest climbs, but the views from the top are something special," as Epic TV reports.

View a video podcast of the top three climbs here.

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